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Friday, October 10, 2008

"If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat"

Over the past couple of weeks, stories have leaked out in the dead-tree press that there is a substantial amount of voter registration fraud going on in the country right now. Michelle Malkin has a tremendous amount of reporting on ACORN and their methods. What is sickening about this is that while election officials are catching it, there's no telling how many they'll miss. Today's New York Post reveals more fraud that has been uncovered:

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.

Johnson used the same information on all of his registration cards, and officials say they usually catch and toss out duplicate registrations. But the practice sparks fear that some multiple registrants could provide different information and vote more than once by absentee ballot.

ACORN is under investigation in Ohio and at least eight other states - including Missouri, where the FBI said it's planning to look into potential voter fraud - for over-the-top efforts to get as many names as possible on the voter rolls regardless of whether a person is registered or eligible.

It's even under investigation in Bridgeport, Conn., for allegedly registering a 7-year-old girl to vote, according to the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Meanwhile, a federal judge yesterday ordered Ohio's Secretary of State to verify the identity of newly registered voters by matching them with other government documents. The order was in response to a Republican lawsuit unrelated to the ACORN probe in Cuyahoga County, in which at least three people, including Johnson, have been subpoenaed.

Bribing citizens with gifts, property or anything of value is a fourth-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to 18 months in prison. And it's a fifth-degree felony - punishable by 12 months in jail - for a person to pay "compensation on a fee-per-registration" system when signing up someone to vote.
Johnson, who works at a cellphone kiosk in downtown Cleveland, said he was a sitting duck for the signature hunters, but was always happy to help them out in exchange for a smoke or a little scratch. He'd collected 10 to 20 cigarettes and anywhere from $10 to $15, he said.

The Cleveland voting probe, first reported by The Post yesterday, also focused on Lateala Goins, who said she put her name on multiple voter registrations. She guessed ACORN canvassers then put fake addresses on them. "You can tell them you're registered as many times as you want - they do not care," she said.

Surprised? You shouldn't be. This has been going on for many, many years. The most infamous town known for voter fraud is Chicago, which just happens to be where Obama hails from. His ties to ACORN is documented by Michelle Malkin, and some in the media are starting to cover this. But, again, there's no telling how many of these fraudulent voters are going to slip through the cracks on election day.

This shows the depths Democrats are willing to go to win elections. They care little for the proper process, and for them the ends also justify the means. It is high time that the Feds step in and shut ACORN down. It's clear that they actively engage in fraud, despite what their "leaders" claim. They were involved in the fraud in Washington State. We have seen this year that there's fraud being committed in Ohio, Nevada, Indiana, Missouri, and Michigan, and in each instance ACORN was being investigated. Three days ago Nevada authorities raided an ACORN office, and seized records and voter cards.

ACORN needs to be investigated, and anyone who has participated in registering fraudulent voters should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And if any of the executives in ACORN are involved, they shouldn't be skipped over in those investigations and prosecutions. A message needs to be sent that is loud and clear that the government won't tolerate this sort of garbage. Will they do that? We hope so, but only time will tell.

Publius II


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