ACORN charged with voter registration fraud in Nevada
Nevada authorities have now charged ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) with voter registration fraud after uncovering materials demanding employees register at least 20 new voters per day or be terminated. Under Nevada law, such quotas in voter registration drives qualify as fraud.
You may recall the ACORN voter registration drives leading up to the November elections. Supposedly a non-partisan group, the Chicago Sun Times notes its drives target areas and neighborhoods that lean Democratic. All well and good, if everything is done nice and legal. But ACORN is known to cross that line of legality in an effort to promote the Democratic Party.
On October 7, 2008, Nevada authorities raided the Las Vegas offices of the community organization with a search warrant issued on charges that ACORN had employed convicted felons to register voters and had submitted 300 fraudulent voter registration cards in the drive. In response to the search, Matthew Henderson, the southwest regional director for ACORN stated, “We don’t think fraud is a rampant problem. This was a politically motivated stunt, that is all there is to it because those new voters can reshape the electorate of Nevada.” I guess the organization will now get its chance to defend itself in court.
There’s an obvious pattern of abuse, but President Obama’s ties to the organization may keep justice from being served. It appears ACORN may be generously rewarded for its work on behalf of the President and the Democratic Party through the Obama stimulus plan. Coincidence? I think not.
But ACORN has been caught in similar precarious situations in the past and escaped with no more than a slap on the wrist. In 2007, felony charges were filed in King County, WA against ACORN employees and supervisor in what WA Secretary of State Sam Reed called “the worst case of voter-registration fraud in the history of the state of Washington.” What penalty did ACORN pay? A $25,000 fine and a promise not to do it again.
We’ll see if Nevada can do a better job of holding them accountable this time.
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