A group of Indiana Democrats were arrested in connection with submitting fraudulent voter registrations.
Prosecutors charged 11 temporary canvassers, and their supervisor, Holiday Burke, who were working for the Indiana Voter Registration Project for submitting fraudulent voter registration applications before the 2016 election, according to the Associated Press.
The group is managed by Patriot Majority USA who has links to the Democrat Party, including to former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Harry Reid, the AP reported.
Focused on getting out the black vote, it became the subject of an investigation in August after Hendricks County flagged around a dozen registrations as suspicious.
Prosecutors and police believe the fraud occurred because of “a very bad, ill-advised business practice” of giving canvassers a daily quota of registrations to meet, according to the AP.
A search warrant unsealed on Nov. 14 says some workers admitted to falsifying registrations, saying they faced the possibility of losing their temporary job if they didn’t register at least 10 new voters a day.
The probable cause affidavit says supervisors told canvassers “to obtain their quota by any means necessary.” Canvassers were paid $10 an hour and worked five-hour shifts.
“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 said.
If convicted, the defendants face a prison term of up to 2 and 1/2 years. Indiana Voter Registration Project is faced with a fine of as much as $10,000.
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