ANDERSON — Indiana State Police will investigate allegations of voter registration fraud in Madison County.
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said Thursday the state police have been asked to investigate absentee ballot applications and voter registrations that contained alleged misinformation and may have been signed by one person prior to the May 8 primary.
Cummings said the case documents will be turned over to ISP next week.
Before the primary, the Voter Registration Office turned over 31 voter registration applications to Cummings. The applications are believed to have been signed by one person, didn’t have matching Social Security numbers and addresses were listed as vacant lots or nonexistent.
Rebecca Crumes, a member of the Anderson City Council, said the person who obtained them admitted they were falsified.
Crumes said she registered a young man to vote and he indicated that he knew people who were not registered. Crumes said she gave him voter registration forms.
“I took the (completed) forms,” she said. “He asked me for gas money and I gave him $30. When I got them I explained that the people had to sign them and he said it was all done properly.”
Crumes gave the applications to Ollie Dixon, also a member of the City Council, who showed them to Cummings.
“I was shown the voter registration applicants by Ollie Dixon,” Cummings said. “In my opinion, it appeared one person signed all the applications.”
Cummings said he did an internet search of one of the addresses and it appeared to be a parking lot at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and 60th Street.
He said Crumes and Dixon would not be culpable of a criminal offense unless they knew the documents were falsified in advance.
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