Drew Wenger, chair
of the Valparaiso Democratic Committee, is requesting a Special
Investigative Unit of the Indiana State Police Department to investigate any
potential wrongdoing connected to the 2018 Porter County election.
Wenger released the
following statement after deadline on Tuesday:
“The people of
Porter County deserve to know if the election was fair or not. We all
deserve to know the truth about exactly what happened during the weeks and
months leading up the election, who created this mess, and why it happened.
After we find out the truth about what happened, then we can move forward to
work on rebuilding the trust of the people. Right now, we need to take this
one step at a time to ensure that the people of Porter County know that
justice is served.. It is time everyone stopped putting the cart before the
horse; we need to focus on investigating what happened first.
“That is why I’m
calling on the Special Investigative Unit of the Indiana State Police to
open a case on the matter. The people deserve an independent and experienced
investigation into this election and any potential criminal activity. The
Indiana State Police has a special investigation unit that should be looking
into this, not politicians and especially not someone who was on the ballot,
like the Indiana Secretary of State.
“It’s no surprise
to me that Indiana State Representative Ed Soliday has called in a
politician from Indianapolis to investigate this. His political priority has
been to Indianapolis for many years now. Instead of more political
involvement in this chaos, we actually need less. We need an investigation
handled locally by the Indiana State Police branch in Lowell, not by an
“His solution to
contact the Indiana Secretary of State to weigh-in is grasping at straws at
best. Connie Lawson was on the ballot in this election and stood to gain a
lot in the Porter County election. She still has a vested political interest
in the outcome of the election. The vote doesn’t even get officially
certified until the Porter County Election Board meeting on November 16.
“At the press
conference I conducted last week at the Porter County Administration
Building, I clearly stated that I believe it is more than incompetence that
has caused the election mess in Porter County.
“The public needs
to know if this was planned chaos from the local Republican Party who seems
to use this election to justify eliminating precinct polling locations and
shifting to only 13 voting locations in all of Porter County. The so-called
‘super voting centers’ disenfranchise voters. The people are very unhappy,
they are losing trust, and they need to see justice served first and
“It’s our friends,
neighbors, and family here in Porter County who are losing in what seems to
be a manufactured political game.”