Lake County election workers discovered dozens of ACORN-delivered registration forms they believe contain inaccurate voter information, including one in which a dead man from Gary was listed as the applicant. None of those applications was processed.
Like it always does, ACORN claims the mistakes were inadvertent:
A breakdown in quality control allowed a pile of suspected fraudulent voter registration applications to find its way into the hands of Lake County election
officials, said an official for the organization that collected the applications.
Charles Jackson, national spokesman for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), said the group rigorously inspects applications its canvassers collect on voter registration drives across the country.
In Indiana, Jackson said a pile of applications which had been tagged as suspicious accidentally got delivered to Lake County elections officials along with a pile of "clean applications."
Lake Co. Republican Chairman John Curley used this latest example of voter fraud as a reason satellite voting stations should not be opened up in Lake County:
Lake County Republican Chairman John Curley pointed to the applications to bolster his case that Lake County should not open "satellite voting centers" in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago. He argued it would be easier to pull dirty tricks at those locations than in precincts.
Naturally, Democrats argue that Republican efforts to curtail vote fraud in Lake County amount to voter suppression:
But James Wieser, a former Democratic attorney for the Lake County Election Board, characterized Curley's argument as a smoke screen.
"This is simply about suppressing people's ability to vote," Wieser said.
Wieser argued Indiana's voter ID law would make it tough to pull off in-person vote fraud at remote early-voting centers the county intends to set up at Clerk's Offices in the three northern cities.