ANDERSON – An Anderson man has been charged with 30 misdemeanor counts of voter fraud on allegations prior to the primary in May.
The Madison County Prosecutor’s Office has requested a warrant following an investigation by the Indiana State Police charging Datwaon Traye Collier, 27, 1600 block of Euclid Drive.
A conviction for a Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum one-year jail sentence and up to a $5,000 fine.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the investigation was started when the Republican and Democratic parties' representatives in the Voter Registration office reported that 30 registrations were potentially invalid.
The Voter Registration officials reported the addresses on the registrations could not be verified and the last four numbers of the Social Security numbers could not be verified.
ISP investigator Robert May contacted Ollie H. Dixon in June because he delivered the registrations to the county office.
Dixon said the registrations were provided by Rebecca Crumes, who was seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the District 36 seat in the Indiana House.
Both Dixon and Crumes are members of the Anderson City Council.
Crumes provided May with Collier’s name. Crumes said she paid Collier $30 for gas money to drive around and collect registrations in Anderson.
When interviewed by May, Collier said Crumes registered him to vote and asked if he knew other people who needed to register.
Collier said Crumes offered him $1 for every person that Collier registered.
According to the affidavit, Collier said he took names from his cellular telephone and started putting names on Voter Registration forms. The addresses on the forms were made up. He allegedly admitted to signing all the forms.
“He (Collier) said we could save time in the interview because he would admit that every application was false,” the court document states.
Collier said he didn’t know he was committing a crime and apologized to Crumes after reading about the allegations in The Herald Bulletin.
At the time, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said 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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