State officials are looking into a new set of problems with voter registrations in Indiana — thousands of cases where voters had their names or date of birth changed in the registration system without their knowledge.
The secretary of state’s office announced the investigation yesterday, saying voters couldn’t check their registrations on indianavoters.com because their details had been changed.
“We ran a report in the Statewide Voter Registration System and found thousands of dates of births and first names were changed,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
“These records were changed on paper forms, at the BMV and online. At this time, my office is not sure why these records were changed, but we have evaluated the Statewide Voter Registration System and have found no indication it has been compromised. We believe this may be a case of voter fraud and have turned our findings over to the State Police, who are currently conducting an investigation into alleged voter fraud.”
The voters who have encountered this issue and have contacted the Secretary of State’s office did vote in the Primary Election, Lawson said.
The state suggests that you should contact your county election office if you discover a problem. Since the voter registration deadline has passed, only the county election offices may be able to assist voters to correct information under limited circumstances.
Lawson said that voters who find their date of birth or first name is incorrect on their registration will still be able to vote in the Nov. 8 election. Voters who find a problem can correct their date of birth for their voting record on Indianavoters.com. Although the correction will not take place until 30 days after the election, the voter will be able to vote on Nov. 8 or participate in early voting.