SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
For the second time in as many months a left-wing community group largely funded with U.S. tax dollars has submitted fake voter registration cards, this week in a key battleground state.
The Chicago-based Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), where Barack Obama worked as a “community organizer,” has long been investigated for falsifying information to register new voters during nationwide drives and authorities are especially vigilant in a presidential election year.
This week officials in New Mexico’s most populous county (Bernalillo) notified federal authorities that more than 1,000 fraudulent voter registration cards were submitted to the clerk’s office. ACORN, which pays workers for each registration, is the prime suspect since it has handled thousands of new voter registrations in New Mexico since January.
In fact, it was a phony registration card submitted by ACORN last month that led Bernalillo authorities to scrutinize others. The group, which promotes a welfare state, submitted a forged card for a former Albuquerque District Court judge who has voted in the same precinct for almost two decades.
County workers subsequently discovered that at least 1,100 new registrations list Social Security numbers for people already in the county’s database of registered voters, names of registered voters with different birth dates and addresses that don’t exist.
Last month Milwaukee’s election chief turned in dozens of ACORN voter registration workers to the district attorney’s office for prosecution after they submitted falsified registration cards. The new registrations included dead people, voters that were already registered and many included fabricated drivers license numbers.
ACORN has been implicated in similar voter fraud schemes in more than a dozen states, including Missouri, Ohio and Washington. In fact, the group settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State last year after seven workers were caught submitting about 2,000 fake registration forms.
Incidentally, as a nonprofit ACORN is supposed to be nonpartisan but the group ardently endorses its former star community organizer for president.
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