Spencer Woodman at The Intercept has some disturbing details:
The [IVRP] group alleges that police told a worker she was not allowed to film the raid and attempted to block workers from access to counsel, said Jeff Macey, the attorney representing the IVRP. He called me from his car parked across the street from the voting offices he said he was unable to enter.
With its headquarters stripped of essential equipment, the registration drive’s future is suddenly uncertain.
The Washington, D.C.-based liberal-leaning Patriot Majority oversees the Indiana voting drive. “At the end of the day, when they find that the organization has done nothing wrong,” said Patriot Majority head Craig Varoga, “they will still have killed the ability of this organization to register voters.”
And, given the source of the allegations, killing voter registration could be the whole point.
Woodman writes that IVRP says it has submitted tens of thousands of registrations and “that by zeroing in on just a handful of problematic applications the state appeared to be criminalizing a basic feature of voter registration itself, which inevitably involves submitting paperwork that contains imperfections.”
But an ISP official noted that the problems in voter registration forms they had assessed were not “innocent errors” but included names of people who didn’t exist and addresses that didn’t exist.
Maybe so, but for the next 30 days, we won’t get a look at that search warrant or the complaint that sparked it. The deadline for voter registration in Indiana is next Tuesday, October 11.