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ACORN Faking More Voter Registrations

From The Times Of Northwest Indiana:


County rejects large number of invalid voter registrations

BY BILL DOLAN

Thursday, October 02, 2008

CROWN POINT | Lake County Republican Chairman John Curley wants a federal investigation into hundreds of voter registrations bearing fictitious signatures or the names of dead and underage people.

Fraudulent applications are the workings of ACORN groups operating from Milwaukee and Chicago who are getting out the vote for Obama. I’m Republican, but I want everyone who should vote to vote. But I want a clean election,” Curley said at a Wednesday news conference.

Lake County elections officials acknowledged they have found problems and had to reject a large portion of the 5,000 registration forms turned in recently by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, an activist group that conducted registration drives across the county this summer.

An ACORN spokesperson couldn’t be reached Wednesday for comment. Telephones to ACORN offices in Gary, Indianapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee were reported to be disconnected.

Curley acknowledges the work of the county elections board to weed out obviously invalid applications, but said more may have slipped into the voter rolls so he wants U.S. Attorney David Capp to conduct a criminal investigation.

Elections Board Director Sally LaSota and Ruthann Hoagland, a county elections board technologist overseeing voter registration, said Wednesday it appears some ACORN vote canvassers pulled names and addresses from telephone books and forged their signatures.

Curley said one registration form was filled out in the name and address of Jimmy John’s, a Crown Point fast-food outlet. Another registration, dated in August, is in the name of a Gary man who died Nov. 16, 2007, according to his death certificate.

Hoagland said large numbers of voter registration forms bore signatures all in the same apparent handwriting style.

LaSota and Hoagland said they instructed ACORN on how to legally register voters, but apparently the organization’s canvassers broke rules to meet ACORN-set voter registration quotas to get paid. They said ACORN organizers promised to fire workers who were cheating.

LaSota said hundreds of legitimate potential voters may be unable to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 general election because ACORN delivered incomplete registrations just recently to the county. LaSota said her staff won’t have enough time to research, complete and enter legitimate voter registrations before the mid-month deadline.

And these are just the attempts that are being noticed — and reported. (And then only in the local media, if at all.)

But just wait until one of their best “trainers” is elected President.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 3rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “ACORN Faking More Voter Registrations”

  1. BillK says:

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    GOP says voter registration groups employed felons

    By Greg J. Borowski

    An official with the Republican National Committee said Thursday that a group involved with voter registration drives in Milwaukee is “engaged in systematic fraud and attempts to undermine our electoral system.”

    The comments came from Sean Cairncross, the party’s chief lawyer, during a conference call with reporters in the wake of a report that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) had hired at least seven felons as voter registration workers in the city.

    The Journal Sentinel has reported on problems with voter registration cards submitted to the city by workers for the group and another liberal group, the Community Voters Project.

    The newspaper reported on similar registration problems in 2004, which led to charges against some voter registration workers, as well as state reforms that bar groups from paying workers based on the number of signatures collected.

    So far this year, Milwaukee election officials have referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office 49 cases of people who submitted potentially fraudulent registration cards. In some cases, the groups flagged the problems for the city.

    On Monday, a 21-year-old Community Voters Project worker became the first person charged with voter fraud in the matter. Authorities say they expect more charges, but note that charges will not be filed in all cases cited by the city.

    This week, the Associated Press reported that ACORN had hired as voter registration workers in Milwaukee at least seven felons convicted of crimes including cocaine possession and robbery.

    Carolyn Castore, state political director for the group, told the AP: “We have a lot of folks with felony records and, frankly, they need jobs.

    The staff of the state Government Accountability Board issued an opinion April 3 that convicted felons are not allowed to serve as registration workers.

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=802043

    See, the felons need jobs? Why shouldn’t they be registration workers?

    But any attempt to verify voter rolls? Disenfranchisement, of course.

    In a statement, state Democratic Party chairman Joe Wineke accused Republicans of “fabricating stories about widespread voter fraud in attempts to scare voters and divert attention away from the financial crisis that marks the final verdict on the disastrous Bush-McCain economic policies.”

    In the conference call, Cairncross cited other examples around the country where ACORN and its workers have faced investigations.

    But remember only Republicans “steal” elections; Democrats just make sure “everyone can vote.”

  2. 1sttofight says:

    Can someone tell me why ACORN gets taxpayer money to do this?

  3. Steve says:

    “Can someone tell me why ACORN gets taxpayer money to do this?”

    Hey, they said they would fire the terrible people who did this.

    That should be enough to satisfy anybody.

    It always has been in the past.

  4. wirenut says:

    So we are all paying for our own demise . Swell ! All these “lib” movements give me a bowel movement .
    Sorry and pardon the pun, but I got to go .


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