Employees of an Indiana voter mobilization group with deep ties to the Democratic Party submitted several hundred voter registrations that included false, incomplete or fraudulent information, according to a search warrant unsealed Monday. The contents of the warrant, which allowed Indiana State Police to raid the offices of Patriot Majority USA in October, were revealed at the request of the group, which is at the center of an ongoing voter fraud investigation. It indicates state police contacted a handful of workers who admitted to falsifying registrations. Several said they were under pressure and faced the possibility of losing their temporary job if they did not register at least 10 new voters a day. Indiana law requires voter registration groups to submit all registrations they collect, even if they know they contain inaccurate information. Patriot Majority, which registered thousands of predominantly black voters before last week’s election, flagged many of the registrations that they believed contained incorrect or incomplete information to elections officials, the warrant states.
It was not immediately known if the fraudulent registrations resulted in illegally cast ballots, but Indiana law requires voters to show a valid state ID before they can cast a ballot. And experts say cases of actual voter fraud are few.
In a statement, Patriot Majority spokesman Bill Buck said the warrant proves the effort was “conducted in a professional manner designed to protect both voting rights and the integrity of the state voter file.”
“The canvassers mentioned in these warrants were fired, let go, not called back or quit before the State Police became involved in this matter,” Buck said in the statement. “As the unsealed documents themselves state, (Patriot Majority) maintained records of unverified and incomplete applications, in order to help the county clerks do their jobs of registering only eligible voters.”