Friday, October 03, 2008

ACORN Submits Fraudulent Voter Registrations In Lake County

This will come as no surprise. ACORN, the alleged nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with close ties to the Obama campaign, has submitted fraudulent voter registrations to the Lake County Clerk's office. The Gary Post-Tribune reports:

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.


startover said...

Voteing is a law gaven right and no one should use any party to keep anyone from voteig.
after reading over this I can see to suspected the froms and the from were taken but not sent.
Some of us donot know our SS.number and one can write the worng number ,that why we registrater and not just walk up and vote. The ID laws will help to keep fraudulent out.
But if one find its oun mistake and seem thay were going to pull the 2,000 froms, this may be a smoke screen.2,000 is petty good sceening.

Esteban said...

Startover, if this really represented one case of voter fraud, then I would agree with you that it could have simply been an innocent error (oops, we put those in the "fraud" pile instead of the "send to the election board" file). Yes, sometimes people do put down the incorrect social security number. However, if you bother to look at the organization's history, you'll quickly see that it has a significant history of fraud, including having the founder's brother embezzle 1 million. Voter fraud is not a new thing for this government-funded organization.

As ACORN has reported, the organization has registered 1.3 million new voters. In the last election, there were 122 million voters, so ACORN has registered 1% of the voters (assuming, that the registrants actually go out and vote). This could have a huge impact on this election. Regardless of whether someone is a Democrat or a Republican, this should be of grave concern.