Hot off the keyboards in Cleveland (bolds are mine; HT to an e-mailer):
A national organization that conducts voter registration drives for low-income people has curtailed its push in Cuyahoga County after the Board of Elections accused its workers of submitting fraudulent registration cards.
The board is investigating the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Results of the inquiry could be turned over to the county prosecutor.
Board employees said ACORN workers often handed in the same name on a number of voter registration cards, but showing that person living at different addresses. Other times, cards had the same name listed, but a different date of birth. Still another sign of possible fraud showed a number people living at an address that turned out to be a restaurant.
“I’m obviously very concerned,” Board Chairman Jeff Hastings said. “This goes to the essence of our democracy.”
ACORN had a part-time staff of 30 who worked five days a week to find unregistered people. The workers made $8 an hour and were required to sign up 20 voters in each five-hour shift.
The elections board’s registration department said in a report that ACORN’s quota contributed to the possible fraud.
ACORN stopped the registration efforts of the part-timers on Aug. 15. Three salaried employees continue the drive to sign up voters.
Kristopher Harsh, head organizer for the agency’s Cleveland office, said it is unlikely a full-fledged movement will resume before the Nov. 4 election.
ACORN has submitted about 75,000 voter registration cards to the Cuyahoga board this year.
Board employees are unsure how many of the cards are fraudulent. But the voter registration department received so many suspicious cards that it began compiling a binder with evidence. The binder grew to be an inch-thick.
….. Elections board member Sandy McNair said it was doubtful the agency deliberately defrauded voters.
“You had a badly run operation that was not paying sufficient attention,” he said.
It gets worse — a lot worse.
In November 2006, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that “Cuyahoga County has 1.05 million registered voters, which tops the number of adults in the county by 200,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.” Also in November 2006, a Cleveland TV station reported several specific instances where “votes ….. (were) cast by citizens who are dead.”
How can anyone possibly believe that ACORN was able to find another 75,000 eligible voters to register in Cuyahoga County?
Time and time again, in cities around the country (the linked article notes previous problems in Ohio’s Franklin and Summit Counties, whose county seats are Columbus and Akron), ACORN has engaged in tactics virtually identical to those described above. Then when caught, it has rolled out “dog ate my homework” garbage about poor training, bad management, dishonest low-level employees, blah blah blah.
Stop it already. This is an organization that is rotten at its core.
I don’t have time right now to chronicle the pervasive corruption this group has engaged in for years — and it is by no means limited to voter-registration fraud. This is the same ACORN Michelle Malkin has been writing up over its Barack Obama connections (here, here, here, and here). This BizzyBlog search on ACORN, plus this one at Gateway Pundit, who has been all over this for years, will provide readers plenty of past evidence.
Yet ACORN continues to get free passes, and even praise, from naive media types, while getting the hero treatment from Democratic party bigwigs.
Two years ago, I wrote that “ACORN should be prohibited from engaging in any voter-registration drives again, PERIOD.” Given what has been learned about the organization’s other problems since, that’s more obvious than ever.
When are prosecutors and attorneys general going to figure out that this corrupt, renegade group needs to be summarily shut down and (thanks to Bill in comment 1 for the nudge) its head honchos prosecuted?
UPDATE: Ed at Hot Air:
In examining the record, one has to wonder why Congress hasn’t demanded a RICO investigation of ACORN instead of trying to find ways to fund its pattern of fraud. The Democratic majority apparently feels that they need ACORN to conduct fraud on a massive scale in order to cement their grip on power. And, since their presidential candidate just had to amend his campaign finance records to show an $800,000 contract with ACORN, it seems Barack Obama’s supposed “reform” rests on the same kind of fraud.
An HA commenter writes:
This is not a voter registration organization, it is a crime syndicate targeting our electoral system, and supported exclusively by Democrats.