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originally posted by: xuenchen
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: xuenchen
Who exactly funded the project?
Oh and what new laws would have prevented this?
I'm the wrong person to ask.
Maybe contact Mike Pence.
State Police Capt. David Bursten said the trooper in question was involved in the initial stages of the investigation but was not involved in Tuesday's search warrant. That trooper has only formed an exploratory committee, Bursten said, and he still has until January to declare his candidacy. In that case, he would be removed from parts of the investigation that would involve Johnson County.
The search warrant was served Tuesday morning, police said. The results of the search are not being released, and the affidavit and search warrant will remain sealed for 30 days.
"An investigation of this nature is complex, time consuming and is expected to continue for several more weeks or months," said a State Police statement.
Varoga said he does not know the status of those 45,000 applications but said the seizure of cellphones and laptops during Tuesday's search warrant impedes the organization from further registering people to vote before the Oct. 11 deadline.
Varoga said State Police have been coordinating with the secretary of state's office, which he said became clear because of the timing of Lawson's statement and the onset of the State Police investigation. He said the investigation is a partisan effort "designed to make it harder to vote in this election."
He also said investigators seized personal cellphones during the search and denied staff the opportunity to contact an attorney, then told them that if an attorney were contacted, a state trooper had to be present. When an attorney did arrive, Varoga said, he was denied access to the office.
Tuesday's search and details of the investigation have been reported to the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, he said. "It's an abuse of state resources, and it is a waste of taxpayers' money," he said. "It is outrageous what they are doing."
Valerie Warycha, director of communications for the secretary of state's office, said the office was briefed about the investigation by State Police when it began but has not since been updated. The only reason the secretary of state's office issued a statement was because it wanted voters to be aware of the possibility of altered registrations, Warycha said.
Indeed, voter registration forms submitted by the Indiana Voter Registration Project are filled out by individual prospective voters, not its canvassers, and the voters certify, under penalty of perjury, that the information provided in the form is true and correct. The Indiana Voter Registration Project -- which is under a legal obligation to turn in every form that it receives from a prospective voter within ten days -- does its own quality control check of those forms and flags for local elections authorities any irregularities that it identifies at the time that it submits the forms for further review and processing. Each prospective voter who fills out a voter registration form with the Indiana Voter Registration Project receives a receipt from the Project, and each application is identified as one accepted by the Project in accordance with Indiana law, so that elections officials know exactly who is submitting the forms to them.