Indiana canvassers charged with submitting fake voter applications

Indiana canvassers charged with submitting fake voter applications
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Twelve employees of a voter mobilization group in Indiana with Democratic ties were charged Friday with submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications, The Associated Press reports.

The Indiana Voter Registration Project, a group focused on registering and mobilizing black voters, allegedly submitted an unknown number of false voter applications in order to meet quotas, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry said the police investigation found no evidence of voter fraud or suppression and that the charges came from the “very bad, ill-advised business practice” of setting a quota for workers.

The affidavit states that the workers were paid $10 per hour and worked five-hour shifts.

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Marion County prosecutors charged 11 canvassers in the group, as well as their supervisor, Holiday Burke, each with a count of procuring or submitting fraudulent applications. Burke also faces one charge of counterfeiting.

Indiana State Police began their investigation of the group in August when a county clerk in Hendricks County, outside of Indianapolis, noted a dozen registration forms with insufficient or suspicious information.

Each charge carries a sentence of two and a half years in prison.

The group asked the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to consider whether the investigation was an attempt to suppress the black vote.

Patriot Majority USA, the group overseeing the Registration Project, has ties to the Democratic Party, former Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTop Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions MORE (D-Nev.) and former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonTop Oversight Dem pushes back on Uranium One probe Bill Clinton hits Trump, tax reform plan in Georgetown speech The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE.

Patriot Majority spokesman Bill Buck has refused to comment. The group denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged.

President Trump has repeatedly claimed, without presenting any evidence, that millions of votes were cost illegally in the presidential election.