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article imageOp-Ed: ACORN Voter Fraud Roundup

By Johnny Simpson     Oct 14, 2008 in Politics
ACORN, which has been taking hits left and right regarding their voter fraud activities, registered Mickey Mouse in Orange County, FL. A man in Ohio who registered to vote several times and cast bogus ballots, a RICO case against ACORN and more.
CNN Investigates ACORN-related Voter Fraud
From TampaBay.com via Drudge:
Mickey Mouse tried to register to vote in Florida this summer.
Orange County elections officials rejected his application, which was stamped with the logo of the nonprofit group ACORN.
Tow truck driver Newton Bell did register to vote in Orange County this summer. In the hands of ACORN, his paperwork went through without a hitch.
Two cases, two outcomes, each with a connection to ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
Nationwide, ACORN is a favorite GOP target for allegations of voter registration fraud this year.
That's not new. Similar complaints followed the 2004 elections. A criminal investigation in Florida found no evidence of fraud. ACORN even has a cameo role in the scandal over the 2006 firings of several U.S. attorneys by the Bush Justice Department.
More on the Ohio man, also via Drudge by way of the New York Post:
Investigators probing ACORN have learned that an Ohio man registered to vote several times and cast a bogus ballot with a fake address, officials said yesterday, as they revealed that nearly 4,000 registration applications supplied by the left-leaning activist group were suspect.
The vote of Darnell Nash, one of four people subpoenaed in a Cuyahoga County probe of ACORN's voter-registration activities, was canceled and his case was turned over to local prosecutors and law enforcement, Board of Elections officials said yesterday.
Nash had registered to vote repeatedly from an address that belonged to a legitimately registered voter, officials said during a hearing at which the subpoenaed voters were to testify.
Board officials had contacted Nash this summer, questioned his address and told him to stop repeat registering.
But still, he breezed into Ohio election offices - the state allows early voting for president - reregistered with a fake address and cast a paper ballot, officials said.
"He came in on 9/30 and Mr. Nash again registered to vote at [someone else's] address, and he cast a ballot," said board official Jane Platten.
Nash did not turn up for the hearing.
It was worse in Indiana. A lot worse.
From Powerline:
This is one of those news stories you can hardly believe.
In Lake County, Indiana, ACORN turned in 5,000 new registrations. The authorities there started reviewing them, and quit after they found that the first 2,100 were all fraudulent. The mind boggles: ACORN turns in thousands of new registrations, and not a single one represents a legitimate voter.
The embedded video above is related to this story in Indiana.
Last but not least, the Buckeye Institute has filed a RICO case against ACORN in Ohio.
Michelle Malkin has a lot more on ACORN's voter fraud activities. The organization's close ties to Barack Obama are also making news of late.
Real Clear Politics also has a story on Obama's history with ACORN and how it all figures in to the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mess.
Even the New York Times has hopped on the ACORN-slamming bandwagon.
Noe of this is new for ACORN, which has a history of voter fraud activities.
The real question remains: despite its extensive history of voter fraud and other possibly criminal activities, will the Democratic Party continue to stand behind them and fund them (as they did to the tune of $100M in the bailout bill), or will they drop ACORN like a hot potato?
Many still defend ACORN's function as a service organization to the poor in assisting with housing, services and voter registration, but there comes a time when an organization is so corrupt its detriments outweigh any good it does.
Lastly, maintaining integrity in the political process is of paramount importance in a democracy. Massive voter fraud like that committed by ACORN denigrates all that we have sacrificed as a nation in order to maintain and preserve our unique political system.
For every fraudulent vote cast, somewhere an honest citizen's vote is being cancelled out. And that, my friends, is a crime. Which pretty much sums up ACORN's unsavory history in the voter registration business.
If ACORN is providing genuinely needed legal, financial and other assistance to inner city poor, those efforts should be supported. But it appears that they have forfeited their right to continue to register voters.
The risk is too great. Many elections, perhaps even for the Presidency, could be swayed by fraudulent ballots that should never have been cast.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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