Is ACORN committing voter fraud?

Portions of the following copied from http://www.cfiflistmanager.org/acorn1be.html.

There’s only ONE way to STOP the apparent massive voter fraud that may be taking place right under your nose.

Simply put, if the voter registration allegations against ACORN are true, that means thousands of fraudulent votes could be cast in pivotal swing states and make a farce of our entire electoral process!

Most everyone has heard the old story about dead people voting in Chicago.

Imagine such a thing happening on a much larger scale. ACORN presently operates in 38 states!

          But there is a simple solution to this potential problem!

Congress must be called back into session IMMEDIATELY and emergency legislation must be passed that simply states that voters must produce a valid state or federal ID at the polls or have their votes counted only provisionally until legitimacy can be verified.

Quite frankly, if past performance is any indication of future results, CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS OR LAWSUITS MAY NOT STOP ACORN!

According to some reports, ACORN, in the past, has actually recruited convicted felons.

The Associated Press recently reported that the Milwaukee ACORN office hired at least seven felons who were convicted of crimes ranging from drug possession to robbery.

According to the Washington Post: “Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General who alleged in an application for a search warrant that ACORN had hired 59 felons through a work release program as canvassers…” [Emphasis Mine]

ACORN’s Wisconsin political director Carolyn Castore rather matter-of-factly told the Associated Press: “We have a lot of folks with felony records and, frankly, they need jobs.”

          And yes, there is a history of complaints against ACORN.

Michael Gaynor with Canada Free Press recounts an article published in the Wall Street Journal TWO YEARS AGO:

“These are recent complaints, but ACORN’s history is riddled with criminal activity. During the last major election, the Wall Street Journal did a story about ACORN. Four ACORN workers had been indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms to the Kansas City, Missouri, election board; other ACORN workers were convicted in Wisconsin and Colorado and investigations, at the time the article was written, were under way in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.”

          Gaynor also writes of more recent indictments and investigations:

“Last year, The Seattle Times reported the biggest voter-registration fraud scheme in Washington history. Three ACORN employees pleaded guilty, and four more were charged for filling out and submitting more than 1,800 fictitious voter-registration cards during a 2006 registration drive in King and Pierce counties.’ (Keith Ervin, ‘Three plead guilty in fake voter scheme,’ 10-30-2007)”

“This year, an ACORN employee in West Reading, PA, was sentenced for up to 23 months in prison for identity theft and tampering with records. A second ACORN worker pleaded not guilty to the same charges and is free on $10,000 bail.

“There are also examples of indictments this year, such as the four ACORN employees in Kansas City charged with identity theft and filing false registrations during the 2006 election and the Reynoldsburg fellow indicted on two felony counts of illegal voting and false registration, after being registered by ACORN to vote in two separate counties. And there are current investigations into ACORN for voter fraud all over the map…” [Emphasis Mine]

Ask yourself the following (assuming these most recent allegations are credible), if criminal indictments have not deterred ACORN in the past, why should the prospect of criminal indictments deter ACORN NOW?

Investors’ Business Daily (IBD) recently made the following suggestion to John McCain:

“McCain would be wise to start preparing a challenge to voter registration rolls should he lose the race in a close contest. He’d be crazy not to contest the results in light of these events.”

With all due respect to IBD, the only “craziness” would be to wait. This is NOT a Republican vs. Democrat or Liberal vs. Conservative issue.

IF ACORN has already violated our system of government and IF they plan to continue violating our system through election day with impunity, closing the barn doors after the horses have gone is not a sound strategy.

          Some of our elected officials are starting to talk tough but again, talk is cheap.

According to Politico.com, House Minority Leader John Boehner is already talking about cutting off federal funding to ACORN.

          But his proposed actions fall short of the mark.

“Election cycle after election cycle, this organization has been at the forefront of breaking the law in order to promote their left-wing agenda. All the while, they have been the recipients of millions of dollars of federal funding through various federal programs and third-party groups. House Republicans took a stand recently to cut off funding to an ACORN slush fund created by their allies in the House Majority, but now more must be done.”

“All federal funding to ACORN must be stopped. The ACORN slush fund must be disbanded. Sources of federal funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development or any other agency must be stopped. Contracting for services between candidates for federal office and ACORN, as Senator Obama has done, must end. Now that the taxpayers own Fannie Mae, any funding from Fannie Mae’s nonprofit foundation to ACORN must stop.

“ACORN spent decades promoting the housing policies that brought America’s economy to the brink, and similarly over the years has committed fraud on our system of elections, making American voters question the fairness and accuracy of the exercise of their most fundamental right under the Constitution. Now it is time to cut off ACORN before it grows even more destructive.”

          No Congressman Boehner!

Now is not the time to just cut off funding (frankly, that should have happened years ago).

          NOW is the time to protect our electoral process!

Boehner does however, bring up a valid point. Your tax dollars ARE STILL going to ACORN. You’re actually paying them just as surely as if you wrote the check yourself!

Yes, we should cut off ALL funding to ACORN NOW as Boehner states. Yes, we should have Congressional investigations. And yes, if the allegations are true, we shouldn’t stop with ACORNheads should roll in Congress as well!

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Published in: on October 13, 2008 at 5:35 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Of course it is a despicable outrage for ACORN staff to knowingly help people file such false voter registrations. On CNN today I saw a clip of a reporter interviewing one hip-hop dude in Ohio who said ACORN helped him register to vote 72 times! The incredulous reporter asked him to repeat what he said again and the dimwit replied “72 times” with a laugh. He’s probably being paid to sign his name each time. Wonder if Circuit Clerk staffs screen out these duplicate voter registration forms in Ohio?

    Another outrage is the National Congressional Black Caucus employing many black senior citizens throughout this district to be community organizers. Their monthly paychecks of $200.00 includes helping with voter registration and reporting to Bennie various needs in their communities. Can you imagine the uproar and cries of RACISM if there was a National Congressional WHITE Caucus hiring only white senior citizens to do such duties? Makes me wonder whose payroll Obama was on when he was a community organizer in Chicago.

  2. Immediately in each state where the absentee ballots are separated from the voter’s registration/statement, someone needs to get an injunction preventing the separation of the statement from the ballot until the validity of the registration is verified. I think in our state, they aren’t separated until the actual election day. However, from the recent news reports, in some of these states, the ballots were within a few days of being separated. What will happen at that time is, they will claim that they can’t verify them and they can’t throw out ALL of them, so they will be counted. Hopefully somebody is doing this.

  3. I sent an email to our Congressman asking him to do whatever necessary to call a special session to obtain voter identification at the polls. I have done my part. Have the rest of you done yours?

  4. I have done likewise. Also added the following:

    If reports that 10% of the $700 billion bailout bill will go to bankers and Wall Street executives as bonuses are true, act immediately to stop them from getting one dime of our tax dollars.

  5. When you are talking to your representatives, please also ask them to ask their colleagues in swing states with allegations of voter fraud to do whatever it takes to get an injunction to keep the absentee ballots ATTACHED to the registration until they can be verified as legitimate votes. Voting is a trust. Unfortunately some people aren’t honoring that trust.


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