The FBI and Florida law enforcement officials arrested 11 individuals who were associated with The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) for voter fraud relating to the 2008 election.
Those arrested are accused of falsifying almost 900 voter registration cards in Miami-Dade County last year. The Miami-Dade State Attorney's office issued arrest warrants for the suspects. As of now, six are in custody. The 11 accused individuals were working for ACORN to register people to vote, and were paid between $8 and $10 an hour to do so.
The individuals being charged was ``further evidence we've been policing our own folks and report people attempting to commit voter registration fraud,'' said ACORN spokesman Brian Kettenring. ``This was really some individuals who were trying to defraud their employer.''
In the past, ACORN has been accused of multiple things, but most specifically of being a radical left organization. Those employed to work there and to register voters target Democrats and the organization turned out in full force to support President Obama over Senator John McCain in last year's election. In the past, they have been accused of numerous acts of voter fraud in multiple states, which raise questions about the organization. Several investigations are ongoing and the case in Miami is not the first case of people charged.
In 2007, ACORN employees were charged with turning in over 1,700 fraudulent voter registration forms. In 2008, a worker in Pennsylvania also was charged for turning in 29 false voter registration forms. The organization has also been tapped by the Obama Administration to help with the 2010 census, which has many on the right outraged, due to the organization's history of falsifying voter forms and supporting left leaning politicians.
"It's a concern, especially when you look at all the different charges of voter fraud. And it's not just the lawmakers' concern. It should be the concern of every citizen in the country," said Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Ga., vice ranking member of the subcommittee for the U.S. Census. "We want an enumeration. We don't want to have any false numbers."