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.

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 ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) and former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid The art of the small deal 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.