More than 250 Madison County voter registration forms have been secured by the Indiana State Police as part of a statewide investigation that some registrations may be fraudulent. ISP detectives visited the Madison County Voter Registration Office on Wednesday after being contacted by Joe Spencer, the Democratic Party representative of the office. The ISP investigation was initiated when the Hendricks County Clerk’s Office raised concerns about 10 voter registration forms received through the Indiana Voter Registration Project through Patriot Majority. Spencer said the Madison County office received 13 voter registration forms that were questioned. Some of them had Indianapolis ZIP codes and at least one with a Pendleton address on a numbered street. “There are no numbered streets in Pendleton,” he said. As directed by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the Madison County office contacted the state police about the registrations.
In a press statement released Sept. 15, Lawson said a group by the name of the Indiana Voter Registration Project had turned in forged voter registration applications. The group was altering already registered voters’ information. The group changed the voter’s address to an address not associated with the voter without the voter’s knowledge.
The Indiana Voter Registration Project submitted more than 35,000 voter applications in Indiana, it stated in a press release through Patriot Majority, which has conducted voter registration drives in 11 states.
Patriot Majority on Sept. 20 accused Lawson of using tax dollars to harass and suppress voters.