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Indiana Dems Say Voter Fraud Claims Amount To Incompetent Partisanship

Brandon Smith
Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana Democratic Party Thursday accused Secretary of State Connie Lawson of incompetence, partisanship and inflammatory rhetoric surrounding recent voter fraud allegations.

About a month ago, the Indiana State Police began investigating a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project for possible voter fraud.

That progressive advocacy group then accused state Republicans of inhibiting liberal get-out-the-vote efforts. The police investigation is now in 56 counties.

This week, Secretary of State Connie Lawson gave the State Police registration records of voters whose information had been changed. That may or may be related to the initial investigation. But she called it possible voter fraud.

The state Democratic Party has now responded. Party official Peter Hanscom stresses that their problem isn’t with any investigation, it’s with Lawson’s use of the word "fraud."

“It’s the fact of this inflammatory rhetoric which now is matched up with a major party’s presidential nominee who’s claiming that there’s a rigged election,” Hanscom says.

Voter fraud is more than incorrect information. It requires deliberate intent to defraud.  

In a statement, Secretary Lawson says she is not playing politics. She asserts she provided the records to the State Police in an effort to ensure the integrity of the election.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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