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SOS > Media Center >  Press Releases > Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita to Outline Evidence of ACORN Voter Registration Violations for Congressional Minority Committee Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita to Outline Evidence of ACORN Voter Registration Violations for Congressional Minority Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2009

Indiana’s Chief Election Official will share evidence of possible criminal activity in the voter registration process compiled by his office prior to 2008 election and submitted to state and federal law enforcement

(Indianapolis) – Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita will appear before the Minority Members of Congress from the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee tomorrow afternoon and testify about his office’s initial investigation into questionable voter registration activities in Lake County, Indiana, just prior to the 2008 General Election. Evidence from the investigation was submitted to the Lake County prosecutor’s office and the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana in October of 2008.

The investigation examined hundreds of questionable voter registration forms submitted by ACORN representatives to the Lake County Voter Registration office just prior to the deadline for voter registration in 2008. Since the investigation, the Secretary of State’s office and Secretary Rokita have remained in periodic contact with the Lake County prosecutor and the U.S. attorney to encourage further investigation and possible charges. Under Indiana law, only a county prosecutor or U.S. attorney can bring charges.

The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1st, in the Rayburn Building, Room 2237, in Washington, D.C.

Secretary Rokita’s written testimony and accompanying documents, including reports developed as a result of the 2008 investigation, will be available at www.in.gov/sos immediately following his appearance tomorrow afternoon.

Read Secretary Rokita's testimony.

Media Contact: Jim Gavin, 317.233.8655, jgavin@sos.in.gov

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