Ever since Indiana State Police raided a voter registration office in Indiana and effectively shut down a voter registration drive aimed at getting African-American voters to the polls, there have been a lot of unanswered questions. Among the biggest: What actually initiated the state police investigation? What was the motivation? What happens to the thousands of legitimate registration forms submitted through the voter registration drive under investigation? Here’s what we know. On Oct. 4, the Indiana State Police executed a search warrant and raided the Indiana Voter Registration Project’s office. They took phones, paperwork and computers as evidence in their investigation into alleged voter fraud. The raid and subsequent statements about the case by the state police have received a lot of media coverage in Indiana, and nationally. “State Police raid Indy office in growing voter fraud case” read the headline in the state’s largest newspaper, the Indianapolis Star. Another one from the Star: “Top Indiana election official alleges more voter fraud.” The case has also been followed by the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times and The New Republic.
… The biggest question remaining, however, is what will happen to the 45,000 individuals the Indiana Voting Project registered. Perez argued that anyone who registered to vote should still go to their polling place and vote. If they aren’t on the rolls, they should fill out a provisional ballot, but again, the fear of not actually being registered could be a deterrent for voters and something that advocates want to avoid.
Before the Indiana State Police stopped commenting on the investigation Wednesday, Dave Bursten, the chief public information officer for Indiana State Police told Think Progress that what happens to each of the registrants “will be up to each prosecutor to review the completed investigation and take whatever action they, as the local prosecuting authority, deem appropriate. Investigations of this nature are complicated and can take an extended period of time to complete,” he added.
In other words, no one really knows.