Why Are Police Raiding Voter Registration?
State police raiding the offices of a major voter registration group under suspicious premises and taking thousands of documents... it sounds like the kind of thing you'd expect in a tinpot dictatorship - but it's exactly what happened this week in Indiana.
As the Intercept reports, on Tuesday "Nearly a dozen police entered the Indianapolis offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project (IVRP) with a search warrant and seized multiple computers, the personal cellphones of employees, and paperwork relating to the group's get-out-the-vote operations in the state."
Tuesday's raid came just a few weeks after Indiana authorities announced that they were investigating the IVRP after finding that least 10 of its registration forms were "forged" or contained "fictitious information."
This investigation has now spread to 9 counties across the state - even though voting rights experts say the issue that brought about the investigation - the supposedly "forged" or "fictious" registration forms - isn't really that big of an issue because fake voters don't actually - you know - vote.
So what's really going on here?
Is this "investigation" into the Indiana Voter Registration Project legitimate or is it a politically-motivated attempt to suppress the kind of get out the vote efforts that win elections?
Right before an election, why not wait until after the election and catch the dirty vote frauders red handed and charge them with felonies?
THE LATTER. IT'S INDIANA THOM. (LIKE "IT'S CHINATOWN, JAKE")
Isn't this Gov. pence's state?
None of you seem to get it. Of course voter fraud needs to delt with but histoically there has been so little that it has never been considered and issue at all. Excpet by repupublicans who are trying to distract everyone from the proven election fraud they keep getting away. And now there is a possiblity that once again they are trying to shut down new voters all together.
Paranoia in paranioa land
This needs to be publicized Nationally and INTERNATIONALLY
The Indiana voter registration group is being lead by a Democrat trying to register black voters and any other unregistered citizens in Pence's backyard....thus it's pretty obvious the raid is a crime. If the Justice Department doesn't make some arrests starting with the state police and working up the ladder, then in my opinion, the United Nations should get involved.
One has to wonder, is Trump just the useful idiot to get Pence in as President. If this is in fact the case and I was Trump, I'd be very worried about how the Fascists plan on dumping me if their election fraud plan works. Do they plan on nailing Trump with felony fraud for his fake university? What if that were to fail????
Pence and those behind him must realize that just letting Trump hold a powerless scepter would never work, even though Trump has offered this.
Sorry! What a truely hopeless situation!
Everybody running around trying to justify this stance or that out of pure ego and self interest
Missing the real issues entirely
It's what you might expect from republicans in a state with a republican governor (Mike Pence). It looks to me like they just wanted to confiscate the voter registrations of registered democrats to help republicans win elections in Indiana. This matter should be turned over to the US justice department for a thorough investigation. The wise ones among us are not fooled by republicans tactics to to suppress the democratic vote. Republicans are afraid. They are afraid to let everyone vote because they know they will not win many elections if they do.
I made this comment on a friends post that talked about people so stupid they give billions of dollars to elect politicians that screw us over. 'It's not so much "the people" giving to elect as it is the billionaires and millionaires. It's "the people" that give their votes according to the ads financed by the billionaires and millionaires. That's why campaign finance reform, publicly funded elections, overturning the supreme court's citizen united decision, stopping voter suppression, stopping the drawing of voter district lines according to party instead of population, and reinstating the FCC equal time rule and fairness doctrine are needed to have fair and balanced elections.
Republicans can only win by cheating and lying. Trouble is the mainstream media lets them get away with it because it is owned and operated by the 1% who are Republican and have Republicans in their pocket.
Looks bad. New voters threatening the status quo. So sorry. Hope that they can fight back.
It would be interesting know the details of those so-called fraudulent registrations. I bet John Oliver could have a wonderful 15 min segment about it.
Why would Tom be so upset about actions to ensure the integrity of voter rolls and voter registration?
Strange how those on the left praise voting but not the efforts at quality control of the process.