ACORN FilingFraudulent Voter Registrations
L.L. Braiser, The Detroit Free Press
Several municipal clerks across the state of Michigan are reporting fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications, most of them from a nationwide community activist group working to help low and moderate income families. The majority of the problem applications are coming from the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has a large voter registration program among its many social service programs. ACORN's Michigan branch, based in Detroit, has enrolled 200,000 voters statewide in recent months, mostly with the use of paid, part-time employees. "There appears to be a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications," said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State's Office. "And it appears to be widespread." Chesney said her office has had discussions with ACORN officials after local clerks reported the questionable applications to the state. Chesney said some of the applications are duplicates and some appear to be names that have been made up. The Secretary of State's Office has turned over several of the applications to the US Attorney's Office. The US Attorney's Office on Friday declined to confirm whether an investigation was taking place. In recent years, ACORN's voter registration programs have come under investigation in Ohio, Colorado, Missouri and Washington, with some employees convicted of voter fraud. ACORN officials said they were looking into the problem.
Editor's Note: This is the same organization that Barack Obama was affiliated with when he was a "community organizer." Starting to understand his "community organizing" efforts now?!
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