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Indiana State Police Probe Alleged Election Fraud Involving Presidential Candidate Dean Phillips

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Indiana State Police are conducting an investigation into allegations of election fraud in St. Joseph County, casting a shadow over the integrity of the primary election process. The focus of the investigation centers on the campaign of presidential candidate Dean Phillips, a Democratic Congressman from Minnesota. ABC57 News reports that the probe, which also involves the St. Joseph County Election Board, the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State, and the Indiana Election Division, could lead to criminal charges following the discovery of numerous fake signatures on Phillips’ candidacy petitions.

St. Joseph County Clerk Amy Rolfes detailed the discrepancies at a press conference, highlighting that many of the signatures on Phillips’ petition forms failed to match those in the Statewide Voter Registration System. Furthermore, several listed addresses were found to be nonexistent. Out of 530 signatures examined, only 19 were validated through the county clerk’s office’s protocols. “Election fraud is not a conspiracy theory in St. Joseph County, it is real,” Rolfes stated, underscoring the significance of signature requirements and photo identification in maintaining the election’s integrity.

In response to these allegations, the Phillips campaign acknowledged hiring a third-party business for signature collection, a common practice among political campaigns. However, they have since discovered that the business may have fraudulently misrepresented its signature collection efforts. The campaign is now considering legal action against the third-party collector for its alleged fraudulent activities.

This ongoing investigation into potential election fraud in St. Joseph County underscores the challenges of ensuring fair and transparent electoral processes. As the case unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the critical importance of diligence and verification in the signature collection process, essential for upholding the principles of democracy.