INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Twelve employees of a group funded by Democrats to mobilize black voters in Indiana are accused of submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration — possibly thousands of them, in the 2016 election, according to charging documents filed Friday.
Prosecutors charged 11 temporary workers employed by the Indiana Voter Registration Project. They created and submitted an unknown number of falsified applications. A supervisor for those canvassers, Holiday Burke, was also charged, according to the Associated Press.
The Indiana Voter Registration Project’s effort to register primarily black voters was managed by Patriot Majority USA, which has ties to the Democratic Party, including to former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Harry Reid, the AP reported.
This started to be subject of an investigation in August after a clerk in Hendricks County near Indianapolis flagged about a dozen registration forms that had missing or suspicious information. That investigation expanded to 56 counties where Patriot Majority said it had collected about 45,000 voter registration applications before last November’s election.
Prosecutors and police think this happened because of “a very bad, ill-advised business practice” of giving canvassers a daily quota of registrations conclude. As a result, the Democrats started submitting fake ballots allegedly in order to keep from being fired.
“By giving someone a financial motive to (meet a quota) is what caused these canvassers to cut corners and do things that not only undermined the goal of having legitimate registered voters but led to a situation where we allege it bled over into criminal conduct,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry stated.
If convicted, each of the men and women responsible will face up to 2 and 1/2 years in prison. The group as a whole is also charged, and could face a $10,000 fine.