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Democrat staffers charged with submitting fraudulent voter registration forms

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that 12 employees of a group linked to the Democrat Party in Indiana are accused of submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications ahead of last year’s general election in order to meet quotas.

According to BizPac Review:

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.

The AP noted:

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.

The AP further said that Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry — a Democrat — said State Police found no evidence of voter fraud or voter suppression and that the charges against the workers arose from “a very bad, ill-advised business practice” of setting canvassers what appears to be a daily quota.

Right.

Nevertheless, the AP added, all of the defendants face one count each of procuring or submitting voter registration applications known to be false, fictitious or fraudulent.  Additionally, 11 of them face one perjury count each, while the 12th — their supervisor — faces one count of counterfeiting.

If convicted, each of the defendants face 2 1/2 years in prison.

The Indiana Voter Registration Project also faces the same charges and could be fined $10,000.

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