ACORN in Hot Water Again for Voter Fraud

ACORN Turned in Voter Registrations for Minors and the Deceased, According

to the Employment Policies Institute



Oct 31, 2006, 00:00 ET from Employment Policies Institute

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ACORN is once again under scrutiny
 by elections officials, the public, and the press for apparent voter
 registration fraud in Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. These accusations
 are only the most recent in the group's notorious history that includes
 ties to voter fraud in 12 states, as outlined in a report by the Employment
 Policies Institute [EPI].
     The most recent accusations of fraud are an unfortunate case of deja
 vu, as ACORN faced similar accusations of fraud in Missouri, Ohio, and
 Pennsylvania in the last two years. So far this election cycle, state
 elections boards have uncovered the following:
     Missouri -- The St. Louis elections director estimated that after
 investigating 5,000 registrations turned in by ACORN, only 10 to 15 percent
 were legitimate and it had appeared that names had been copied from the
 phone book. More egregious violations include registrations for three dead
 people and one 16 year old.
     Kansas City's director of elections said about 3,000 registrations
 turned in by ACORN included suspicious signatures, underage registrants,
 and birth dates and Social Security numbers conflicting with state
 databases.
     Ohio -- Franklin County elections director turned over 500 potentially
 fraudulent cards turned in by ACORN including registrations with signatures
 in the same handwriting, addresses for vacant lots, and even a registration
 for a dead person. Similarly suspicious registrations turned up in Summit
 and Cuyahoga Counties including a fraudulent card submitted by ACORN that
 led to a 16 year old being registered to vote.
     Pennsylvania -- In Philadelphia, the city's voter registration office
 rejected about 3,000 cards submitted by ACORN because of missing
 information or invalid addresses. Nearly 100 fraudulent voter registrations
 submitted by ACORN in Delaware County prompted the District Attorney's
 Office to issue an identity theft alert.
     "The frequency with which ACORN is accused of voter fraud reveals their
 continual disregard for the law and the elections process," said Mike
 Flynn, EPI's director of legislative affairs. "Their cavalier disregard for
 the law undermines the integrity of our voting system."
     To read the report "Rotten ACORN: America's Bad Seed," go to
 http://www.RottenACORN.com
     The Employment Policies Institute is a nonprofit research organization
 dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding entry-level
 employment.
 
 

SOURCE Employment Policies Institute
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ACORN is once again under scrutiny
 by elections officials, the public, and the press for apparent voter
 registration fraud in Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. These accusations
 are only the most recent in the group's notorious history that includes
 ties to voter fraud in 12 states, as outlined in a report by the Employment
 Policies Institute [EPI].
     The most recent accusations of fraud are an unfortunate case of deja
 vu, as ACORN faced similar accusations of fraud in Missouri, Ohio, and
 Pennsylvania in the last two years. So far this election cycle, state
 elections boards have uncovered the following:
     Missouri -- The St. Louis elections director estimated that after
 investigating 5,000 registrations turned in by ACORN, only 10 to 15 percent
 were legitimate and it had appeared that names had been copied from the
 phone book. More egregious violations include registrations for three dead
 people and one 16 year old.
     Kansas City's director of elections said about 3,000 registrations
 turned in by ACORN included suspicious signatures, underage registrants,
 and birth dates and Social Security numbers conflicting with state
 databases.
     Ohio -- Franklin County elections director turned over 500 potentially
 fraudulent cards turned in by ACORN including registrations with signatures
 in the same handwriting, addresses for vacant lots, and even a registration
 for a dead person. Similarly suspicious registrations turned up in Summit
 and Cuyahoga Counties including a fraudulent card submitted by ACORN that
 led to a 16 year old being registered to vote.
     Pennsylvania -- In Philadelphia, the city's voter registration office
 rejected about 3,000 cards submitted by ACORN because of missing
 information or invalid addresses. Nearly 100 fraudulent voter registrations
 submitted by ACORN in Delaware County prompted the District Attorney's
 Office to issue an identity theft alert.
     "The frequency with which ACORN is accused of voter fraud reveals their
 continual disregard for the law and the elections process," said Mike
 Flynn, EPI's director of legislative affairs. "Their cavalier disregard for
 the law undermines the integrity of our voting system."
     To read the report "Rotten ACORN: America's Bad Seed," go to
 http://www.RottenACORN.com
     The Employment Policies Institute is a nonprofit research organization
 dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding entry-level
 employment.
 
 SOURCE Employment Policies Institute