October 10, 2008

EVERYBODY STEPS ON ME:

Republicans try to tie Obama to vote fraud cases: Activist group blames workers for bogus cards (Brian C. Mooney, October 10, 2008, Boston Globe)

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, which says it has signed up about 1.3 million voters in 18 states this year, has come under fire for irregularities in at least eight states, including Nevada, where voter cards for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys were turned in to local election officials.

ACORN spokesman Brian Kettenring said that in most cases the bogus registrations were flagged by ACORN supervisors during a review, brought to the attention of the local officials when they were submitted, and ACORN fired "probably a couple of dozen" employees who fabricated them. Under most state laws, the organization must submit every card an employee collects, he said. [...]

In 1995, as a lawyer in private practice, Obama and two other lawyers from his firm represented ACORN in a successful suit that forced the state of Illinois to comply with a federal law that made it easier to register to vote. The group's political arm endorsed Obama this February and an ACORN-affiliated group was paid about $800,000 for get-out-the-vote operations in four states during the primaries. [...]

Allegations of fraudulent registration forms are not new to ACORN, a 38-year-old organization that advocates for lower-income people on housing, access to credit, education, and other issues. Employees in Ohio, Colorado, Missouri, and the state of Washington have been accused of submitting false registration forms since 2004.

There is no evidence that anyone has actually voted as a result of the bogus registrations, which in some cases involve names being listed multiple times at fake addresses.

But Cairncross of the RNC said the bad registrations constitute fraud and tie up local election officials and law enforcement agencies.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2008 8:05 AM
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