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CNN:Thousands of voter registration forms faked by ACORN, officials say

Original post made by tj, Old Palo Alto, on Oct 10, 2008

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CROWN POINT, Indiana (CNN) -- More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana's Lake County by a liberal activist group this week have turned out to be bogus, election officials said Thursday.
An official enters the Las Vegas, Nevada, ACORN office, which is under investigation for alleged voter fraud.

An official enters the Las Vegas, Nevada, ACORN office, which is under investigation for alleged voter fraud.

The group -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN -- already faces allegations of filing fraudulent voter registrations in Nevada and faces investigations in other states.

And in Lake County, home to the long-depressed steel town of Gary, the bipartisan Elections Board has stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.

Does Obama have a statement, we need to clear this matter up, it could be a serious cancer on the campaign, I am sure he has a good explanation but he need to deal with it now

"All the signatures looked exactly the same," Ruthann Hoagland, a Republican on the board. "Everything on the card filled out looks exactly the same."

The forms included registrations submitted in the names of the dead -- and in one case, the name of a fast-food restaurant, Jimmy Johns. Sally LaSota, a Democrat on the board, called the forms fraudulent and said whoever filed them broke the law.
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"ACORN, with its intent, perhaps was good in the beginning, but went awry somewhere," LaSota said.
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Over the past four years, a dozen states have investigated complaints of fraudulent registrations filed by ACORN.
On Tuesday, Nevada authorities raided an ACORN office in Las Vegas, Nevada, where workers are accused of registering members of the Dallas Cowboys football team.
And the group has become the target of Republican attacks on voter fraud, a perennial GOP issue.

A subsidiary of the group was paid $800,000 by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign to register voters for the 2008 primaries, and ACORN's political wing endorsed Obama back in February.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Gunn High School
on Oct 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm


It is going on in Ohio also, now 14 states are investigating ACORN

Whats going on?

"A man at the center of a voter-registration scandal told The Post yesterday he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.

"Sometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or they'll give me a dollar to sign up," said Freddie Johnson, 19, who filled out 72 separate voter-registration cards over an 18-month period at the behest of the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

"The ACORN people are everywhere, looking to sign people up. I tell them I am already registered. The girl said, 'You are?' I say, 'Yup,' and then they say, 'Can you just sign up again?' " he said."

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm

The usual formulaic smears from an ever more desperate Republican party. Nobody believes you guys anymore.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm


You already posted this. I pointed out that you should read's post on the ACORN issue and why this is misleading.

Let's spare the eds too much topic spread, okay?

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Posted by Bill Carney
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm

In the words of Gomer Pyle Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

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Gee Sergeant Carter who else is he in bed with and not telling us?

A whole bunch of things are being swept under the carpet or into the carpet bag.

Reminds me of that 1960's mantra "By Any Means Necessary"

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Posted by Frank Peters
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Voter fraud is going on in Texas Web Link

Texas Watchdog compared Harris County's voter registration roll with the Social Security death index and found more than 4,000 matches -- registered voters that, it appears, are already dead.

Some of them, like Henderson Hill's late wife Linda, voted postmortem.

"I would like to know who did it, myself," Hill told Davis.

We don't know who used Linda Hill's or Gloria Guidry's IDs to vote, but we do know if their names had been purged from voter rolls after they died, using their IDs wouldn't have worked.

"This is a red flag. No matter where you are, this should set off alarm bells," Seibert said. "Someone needs to take a look at this."

And in Missouri Web Link

"KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states.

Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
She said they were bogging down work Wednesday, the final day Missourians could register to vote.

"I don't even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy," Davis said. "We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that don't exist, people who have driver's license numbers that won't verify or Social Security numbers that won't verify. Some have no address at all."

The nonpartisan group works to recruit low-income voters, who tend to lean Democratic."

ACORN is all over the place, someone suggested applying the RICO Act to ACORN, I suggest it happen now.

Which ever side you are on, the integrity of the vote is critical.

The Chicago Machine is well know for for voter fraud, have they gone national?

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Posted by One America
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2008 at 5:04 pm

I have no doubt of what will happen if this ACORN vote scam is not stopped.

If, Obama wins there will be a division in the country wider than all past elections combined.

People in America will always rally behind a winner. They will shun a loser and they will despise a cheater.

To win fairly the ACORN groups actions need to denounced and the people put in handcuffs. Obama can start the healing on this matter now by calling for an aggressive and fast moving action to nail the guilty today.

This would help remove any tension and restore the hope of fairness.

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Posted by abba
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm

One America,

I agree with some of your analysis,

this ACORN fraud has poisoned the election,
if Obama wins it will be seen as a banana republic rigged election.

It will be much much worse than the kertuffle in Florida in 2000,

because Obama has been an advocate, trainer, grantor and payer of ACORN since 1995.

This year alone he paid them 800,000

Ayers and Obama gave millions to ACORN over the years.
Clinton new all about this but she could not bring it up because her husband had pardoned Ayers co conspirators

This ACORN voter fraud has poisoned the Republic and the election.

This sort of criminal conspiracy goes on in Chicago and New Orleans all the time and used to go on in the South under Jim Crow.

But this completely undermines Obamas key message of change, it is black shirt/ KKK/ tactics, pure and simple.

Voters in their hearts know it is un American for these times.

The reality of this fraud is sinking in, it is now documented in 15 states!
this is third world politics!

It will not stand

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Obama got to the Illinois Senate from Chicago - no place else. Chicago has its own legislative senator. And Chicago's unofficial motto is "Vote early and vote often". The residents in the rest of Illinois just shudder.

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Posted by Just Wondering?
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm

One America:
"People in America will always rally behind a winner. They will shun a loser and they will despise a cheater."

So I guess you felt that way in 2000 when Bush lost the popular vote by 2 million and then cheated his way in via the Supremely Biased Court?

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 10, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Sorry kiddos, I know you're all looking for election fraud as a way to convince yourselves that McCain won't really have lost on election day, but--

The fraud is actually against ACORN. Thus, ACORN has reported several of these fraud cases.

Second, a fraudulent registration does not result in fraud at the polls. There isn't fake cases of voting because of this--the double registrations get caught.

Rove and co. have tried this ACORN hysteria before--the DOJ firings came about because Republican appointees found no evidence of voter fraud and Rove and Co. really, really wanted them too.

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Posted by remember 2004
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm

as is so often the case, the republicans are projecting their sins onto other people. remember the massive voter fraud and rigged voting machines that gave ohio to bush in 2004? remember the disenfranchisement, voter intimidation, and unwarranted purging of voter rolls that gave florida to bush in 2000? and now the republicans want to claim voter fraud? please.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Unfortunately for the Republicans, it doesn't look like the election will be all that quote. Obama has comfortable margins on nearly all the Kerry states and is ahead in most of the swing states, including the big ones of Ohio and Florida. There are several paths to victory for him.

It worth noting that the polls don't involve false registration and all of them show Obama with beyond-the-margin-of-error lead.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 10, 2008 at 11:39 pm

To OhlonePar, Elect McCain??? remember 2004, Just Wondering? all the same person

Yes, "They will shun a loser and they will despise a cheater."
Here is your answer.
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Posted by Bill
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 10, 2008 at 11:40 pm

One more thing
Confuse on ethics? Sure you are, go here

Chicago Transit Authority says
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Could Obama past this test? or ACORN? most likely not,

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 11, 2008 at 12:42 am

Bill, I never use sock puppets. I've thought of switching names simply because I'm far afield of my original reason for posting--MI at Ohlone discussions--but I prefer to be consistent.

Your link has nothing to do with Palin's duties as an elected official to not abuse her power nor create conflicts-of-interest for her employees.

I haven't heard a whisper of that sort of impropriety on the part of Obama, Biden or McCain--though McCain has the Keating Five issue.

Palin's abuse of power was pretty flagrant. Makes me wonder if she was even aware of the ethical issues pertaining to being an elected official. It doesn't seem like it.

Well, Alaska can decide what to do with her. In some ways, they seem a bit like the Louisiana of the north.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 11, 2008 at 3:25 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Both candidates should openly promise that every case of plural registration or voting will be brought to trial with no plea bargains or dismissals. The franchise means little if, as is apparent, no one is ever punished for illegal votes.

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