OSBI Investigating candidate for registration tampering

Published: Jun. 29, 2016 at 11:05 PM CDT
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The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate reports of voter registration irregularities.

The Murray County Election board noticed tampering with several voter registration applications. They reported it to the sheriff, who then turned it over to O.S.B.I.

Garvin County may have also been affected by the tampering. Garvin County sheriff Larry Rhodes says the culprit whited-out information on the applications that changed the applicant's party preference. Rhodes thinks this was done so when the applicant received their ballot, they would be forced to vote in the primary that would benefit the person behind the alterations.

However, O.S.B.I cannot comment on the investigation until charges are filed.

"We don't know if there is any wrongdoing at this time, but it's up to us to determine if laws were broken." O.S.B.I Public Information Officer Jessica Brown said. "We're certainly investigating that, through interviews and the collection of information."

O.S.B.I is only half-way through with their investigation, but if they do come to the conclusion that someone broke the law, they will send their report on to the Murray County District Attorney to file charges.