INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Marion County Prosecutor is discussing voter fraud allegations with the Indiana State Police superintendent.
Terry Curry says if evidence of suspected criminal activity in Marion County is presented, his office will look at potential criminal charges. Curry also claims there have been no incidents with early voting so far in Marion County.
He is also asking the Indiana State Police to stop releasing information on the ongoing investigation.
The investigation has led to a bitter partisan fight, with Democrats sharply criticizing Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Superintendent Doug Carter blasting the Indiana Voter Registration Project and Patriot Majority USA over allegations of forged data.
Full statement from Terry Curry:
"As the date of the General Election approaches, it is important to note that there are many safeguards established in Indiana and federal law to protect voting rights.
Thousands of Marion County residents have already cast ballots, and we expect the process to continue to accommodate voters without incident. Should a problem arise, however, our office stands ready to work with the Marion County Election Board to address reported violations of election law, as we have for each prior election since January 2011.
Further, we have requested the Indiana State Police to release no further information regarding that agency's pending investigation into suspected voter registration irregularities. As with any investigation, confidentiality is important to allow investigators to continue their work independently and to avoid material prejudice in the matter. It is my obligation under the Rules of Professional Conduct to exercise reasonable care in ensuring that law enforcement agencies do not disclose information beyond what is in the public record.
If evidence of suspected criminal activity in Marion County is presented to our office, we will review that information for potential criminal charges. Accusations of fraud or other intentional acts prior to the conclusion of a thorough review by law enforcement and a prosecutor are premature and contrary to the foundational principle of presumed innocence until and unless proven guilty.
Likewise, reckless assertions by third parties of voter suppression and intimidation are without merit. We trust our public safety partners at the Indiana State Police to thoroughly and appropriately investigate the allegations of irregularities in some voter registrations. I have personally met with ISP Superintendent Doug Carter, and we are conferring with Indiana State Police investigators as the investigation continues. We will determine if charges are appropriate upon completion of that investigation."