ACORN did not commit voter registration violations

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One of the craziest aspects of the whole ACORN saga has been how rightwing lies about the organization have been repeated so often that they have come to replace the truth in most people's minds.

For instance, according to the Office of California Attorney General Jerry Brown, there are no reports of votes that were cast fraudulently, thanks to anything ACORN did.

As Brown's press secretary Christine Gasparac clarified today, "ACORN itself did not commit, counsel, or aid and abet registration violations. Some of the canvassers employed by ACORN and paid on per registration basis handed in phony registrations in order to make money and all were all caught and rejected by the Registrar."

Now, I'm not saying everything ACORN has done has been without fault, or that the left isn't guilty of distorting facts, too.
I'm just saying that it's too bad that political discourse in this country has descended to the point that the truth is now irrelevant.

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I always find it interesting, the single actions of a few right winger's of a group indicts the whole group but...

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first thing that came up

Recent Fraud

State Year Details
AR 1998 A contractor with ACORN-affiliated Project Vote was arrested for falsifying about 400 voter registration cards.
CO 2005 Two ex-ACORN employees were convicted in Denver of perjury for submitting false voter registrations.
2004 An ACORN employee admitted to forging signatures and registering three of her friends to vote 40 times.
CT 2008 The New York Post reported that ACORN submitted a voter registration card for a 7-year-old Bridgeport girl. Another 8,000 cards from the same city will be scrutinized for possible fraud.
FL 2009 In September, 11 ACORN workers were accused of forging voter registration applications in Miami-Dade County during the last election. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office scoured hundreds of suspicious applications provided by ACORN and found 197 of 260 contained personal ID information that did not match any living person.
2008 Election officials in Brevard County have given prosecutors more than 23 suspect registrations from ACORN. The state's Division of Elections is also investigating complaints in Orange and Broward Counties.
2004 A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman said ACORN was “singled out” among suspected voter registration groups for a 2004 wage initiative because it was “the common thread” in the agency’s fraud investigations.
IN 2008 Election officials in Indiana have thrown out more than 4,000 ACORN-submitted voter registrations after finding they had identical handwriting and included the names of many deceased Indianans, and even the name of a fast food restaurant.
MI 2008 Clerks in Detroit found a "sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent [voter] applications" from the Michigan branch of ACORN. Those applications have been turned over to the U.S. Attorney's office for investigation.
2004 The Detroit Free Press reported that “overzealous or unscrupulous campaign workers in several Michigan counties are under investigation for voter-registration fraud, suspected of attempting to register nonexistent people or forging applications for already-registered voters.” ACORN-affiliate Project Vote was one of two groups suspected of turning in the documents.
MO 2008 Nearly 400 ACORN-submitted registrations in Kansas City have been rejected due to duplication or fake information.
2007 Four ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City for charges including identity theft and filing false registrations during the 2006 election.
2006 Eight ACORN employees in St. Louis were indicted on federal election fraud charges. Each of the eight faces up to five years in prison for forging signatures and submitting false information.
2003 Of 5,379 voter registration cards ACORN submitted in St. Louis, only 2,013 of those appeared to be valid. At least 1,000 are believed to be attempts to register voters illegally.
MN 2004 During a traffic stop, police found more than 300 voter registration cards in the trunk of a former ACORN employee, who had violated a legal requirements that registration cards be submitted to the Secretary of State within 10 days of being filled out and signed.
NC 2008 County elections officials have sent suspicious voter registration applications to the state Board of Elections. Many of the applications had similar or identical names, but with different addresses or dates of birth.
2004 North Carolina officials investigated ACORN for submitting fake voter registration cards.
NM 2008 Prosecutors are investigating more than 1,100 ACORN-submitted voter registration cards after a county clerk found them to be fraudulent. Many of the cards included duplicate names and slightly altered personal information.
2005 Four ACORN employees submitted as many as 3,000 potentially fraudulent signatures on the group’s Albuquerque ballot initiative. A local sheriff added: “It’s safe to say the forgery was widespread.”
2004 An ACORN employee registered a 13-year-old boy to vote. Citing this and other examples, New Mexico State Representative Joe Thompson stated that ACORN was “manufacturing voters” throughout New Mexico.
NV 2009 Nevada authorities indicted ACORN on 26 counts of voter registration fraud and 13 counts of illegally compensating canvassers. ACORN provided a bonus compensation program called “Blackjack” or “21+” for any canvasser who registered more than 20 voters per shift, which is illegal under Nevada law.
2008 Nevada state authorities raided ACORN's Las Vegas headquarters as part of a task force investigation of election fraud. Fraudulent registrations included players from the Dallas Cowboys.
OH 2008 ACORN activists gave Ohio residents cash and cigarettes in exchange for filling out voter registration card, according to the New York Post. Some voters claim to have registered dozens of times, and one man says he signed up on 72 cards.
2007 A man in Reynoldsburg was indicted on two felony counts of illegal voting and false registration, after being registered by ACORN to vote in two separate counties.
2004 A grand jury indicted a Columbus ACORN worker for submitting a false signature and false voter registration form. In Franklin County, two ACORN workers submitted what the director of the board of election supervisors called “blatantly false” forms. In Cuyahoga County, ACORN and its affiliate Project Vote submitted registration cards that had the highest rate of errors for any voter registration group.
PA 2009 Seven ACORN workers in the Pittsburgh area were indicted for submitting falsified voter registration forms. Six of the seven were also indicted for registering voters under an illegal quota system.
2008 State election officials have thrown out 57,435 voter registrations, the majority of which were submitted by ACORN. The registrations were thrown out after officials found "clearly fraudulent" signatures, vacant lots listed as addresses, and other signs of fraud.
2008 An ACORN employee in West Reading, PA, was sentenced to 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.
2004 Reading’s Director of Elections received calls from numerous individuals complaining that ACORN employees deliberately put inaccurate information on their voter registration forms. The Berks County director of elections said voter fraud was “absolutely out of hand,” and added: “Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registration but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations.” The Berks County deputy director of elections added that ACORN was under investigation by the Department of Justice.
TX 2008 In Harris County, nearly 10,000 ACORN-submitted registrations were found to be invalid, including many with clearly fraudulent addresses or other personal information.
2008 ACORN turned in the voter registration form of David Young, who told reporters “The signature is not my signature. It’s not even close.” His social security number and date of birth were also incorrect.
VA 2005 In 2005, the Virginia State Board of Elections admonished Project Vote and ACORN for turning in a significant number of faulty voter registrations. An audit revealed that 83% of sampled registrations that were rejected for carrying false or questionable information were submitted by Project Vote. Many of these registrations carried social security numbers that exist for other people, listed non-existent or commercial addresses, or were for convicted felons in violation of state and federal election law.

In a letter to ACORN, the State Board of Elections reported that 56% of the voter registration applications ACORN turned in were ineligible. Further, a full 35% were not submitted in a timely manner, as required by law. The State Board of Elections also commented on what appeared to be evidence of intentional voter fraud. "Additionally,” they wrote, “information appears to have been altered on some applications where information given by the applicant in one color ink has been scratched through and re-entered in another color ink. Any alteration of a voter registration application is a Class 5 Felony in accordance with § 24.2-1009 of the Code of Virginia."
WA 2007 Three ACORN employees pleaded guilty, and four more were charged, in the worst case of voter registration fraud in Washington state history. More than 2,000 fraudulent voter registration cards were submitted by the group during a voter registration drive.
WI 2008 At least 33,000 ACORN-submitted registrations in Milwaukee have been called into question after it was found that the organizations had been using felons as registration workers, in violation of state election rules. Two people involved in the ongoing Wisconsin voter fraud investigation have been charged with felonies.
2004 The district attorney’s office investigated seven voter registration applications Project Vote employees filed in the names of people who said the group never contacted them. Former Project Vote employee Robert Marquise Blakely told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had not met with any of the people whose voter registration applications he signed, “an apparent violation of state law,” according to the paper.

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

Now, Glen, you should know better that to post FACTS and FIGURES.

Silly Boy.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

"Young Political Majors, LLC or as known as YPM for short is private consulting firm, which registers people to vote as Republicans. It operates in several states including California, Florida, Arizona and Massachusetts. The firm has been accused of misleading voters into registering as Republicans, and its owner was arrested October 18, 2008 and charged with two counts of felony voter registration fraud and two counts of perjury."

We find out Fox News lied by using edited tape and leaving out the call Acorn made to the police. More conservative values.

Posted by Guest M Johnson on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

I seem to remember a few facts Glen left out (or forgot). Namely that ACORN ITSELF REVEALED THE FRAUDULENT REGISTRATIONS TO THE AUTHORITIES.

Now, here's the thing, it's hard to commit a fraud while simultaneously disclosing it. Kind of defeats the whole purpose.

What happened was that some of ACORN's signature gatherers (not all of them) collected phony signatures BECAUSE THEY WERE PAID BY THE SIGNATURE. In other words, ACORN was the target and victim of the fraud.

When it discovered the truth ACORN, like a good citizen, disclosed the violations and the fraudulent registrations were removed. Which is why there's no evidence of a fraudulent vote being cast.

I know you Republi-Cons have a trouble with reality, but this should be simple enough for even you to understand.

Posted by Etaoin Shrdlu on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

The list includes various different instances over a number of years.

There is so much to work with there on the list but try this one...

"NV 2009 Nevada authorities indicted ACORN on 26 counts of voter registration fraud and 13 counts of illegally compensating canvassers. ACORN provided a bonus compensation program called “Blackjack” or “21+” for any canvasser who registered more than 20 voters per shift, which is illegal under Nevada law."

Defending ACORN is so strange to me, just because they spout the right jingos people will defend the most silly of antics, then complain that the right is gullible?

After years of getting cracked for voter fraud you would think one person down there at ACORN would say that it was a bad Idea the way they were doing things. But no, its the fault of gullible non liberals who are to blame for all the ongoing voter registration idiocy.

What kind of life is that?

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 03, 2010 @ 3:16 am

ACORN was killed by the right because ACORN was registering large numbers of poor and non-white people to vote, and those people almost exclusively vote Democratic. All else about this issue is pure bullshit. Every political side commits voter fraud to some extent, but that's the fault of the system that requires registration in the first place. Let people use picture IDs and Social Security numbers to vote, and you don't need registration. Making people register is just a way to prevent less wealthy people from voting.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on Apr. 03, 2010 @ 11:12 am

If all you had to do was use a picture ID you would be complaining that ID cost money and they were too hard to get since a person has to stand in line at the DMV every decade to get one etc...

It's free to register to vote and all you have to do is send in a card, you can even vote by mail so you don't even have to go down and stand in line at the poll.

Its beyond me how voting is so hard for these likely democrat voters.

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 03, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

Registration is problematic per se, it's a way of preventing people from voting. Just about everyone has some sort of picture ID, the vast majority have drivers licenses. And no, I would not complain if it were done this way.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on Apr. 08, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

Etaoin Shrdlu, so doing something wrong and admiting it makes it ALL ok, this is what you are saying???

Posted by RightWingNutJob on Apr. 03, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

ACORN used these inflated statistics to lobby for more money from the government and various groups, knowing it was all BS.

They set a quota, they get to register 6 Joe Montana's, 4 Steve Young's, 3 Donald Ducks etc...

Then they go before the donors and say look at all these people we registered of a certain demographic and area. When they get busted they claim ignorance of the whole thing.

Posted by laughing at the duck on Apr. 03, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

You say that, but your wrong there...they showed the numbers of registration that were accespted by the registrar of voters, not the number they had filled out. At elast thats what they did here...so your statement is only half true.

Posted by Guest on May. 21, 2010 @ 9:24 am

You poor freaking whiners. Democrats have been telling lies and
getting away with it for so long they tell them now and automatically
believe it. They invented the tactic. Now you complain because
others use fire against fire. How about talking about the unfair
advantage that major media outlets admitted to by giving the
current President more coverage than the other side by a very
large and disproportionate amount of time. Turned themselves
in after the election and got away with it. What a bunch of
Hippocrites!!!!!

Posted by Guest Republican on Apr. 06, 2010 @ 8:45 am

The truth is--right wing zealots: You're going to believe, what you're going to believe--Jesus can come off the cross and tell you you're wrong and you'll still be whining about the big bad, scary Acorn.
You post these "facts" about NV and voter reg but forget 1 minor detail:
95% of the wrongdoers were turned in...BY Acorn...but accepting that would mean accepting reality, something that has seemed to wave bye-bye to many of your long ago.

And say all you're quoting is true--does that negate all the positive this organization has done?
The fact that hundreds of thousands recieve a living wage now?
The fact that hundreds of thousands have a higher min. wage?
The fact that these guys saved the homes of people on both the right and left who were screwed by Banks?

Gimme a break...don't you have an S&M club to be at right now?

Posted by You're on Drugs on Apr. 06, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

You should take your own advise on believing what you want to believe.

Heh, I get a laugh every time I read one of these "I know something you don't posts"

If ACORN is turning in people and then got the word out to all of the ACORN offices, and they then changed their quota system it would have stopped years ago. Years ago.

Also

ACORN lobbied the state of California to pay their employees less than a minimum wage, and ACORN lost before the NLRB with their union busting.

ACORN is more of a political cult than anything else. No different than the equally hypocritical right wing cranks that listen to AM radio and believe mutually exclusive things.

The strange thing about true believers is that they survive so much on the logical fallacy of confirmation bias, while howling about the other side doing it.

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 07, 2010 @ 8:42 am

As the article suggests, you just make up crap and keep repeating it, and eventually it becomes fact. Some moron on another blog blamed Acorn for the crash of the US credit market!! What we euphemistically refer to as a "government" is a completely dead system within which, despite the necrosis all about, people continue to believe is a democracy within which they can write congress people or who or whatever "works" in this corpse. It's dead folks. I know american's as a whole are stupid, uneducated, unsophisticated, and uniformed, but for god's sake, the rot!, the smell, something should be a clue to you anencephalic monsters.

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