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N.C. election officials investigate voter forms

Posted October 14, 2008

— The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Tuesday wrapped up an investigation of voter registration forms submitted by a group whose efforts have led to similar probes in other states.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now works to register low-income people as voters. ACORN claims to have registered 1.3 million people nationwide since 2007, including nearly 28,000 in North Carolina.

The group pays its field workers by the hour to sign up new voters, and some forms may have used fake or duplicated information, state officials said.

"They were lazy in that they did not go out an actually ask people to register to vote. They simply made up names and made up addresses," said Johnnie McLean, a member of the elections board.

In one case in Nevada, an ACORN worker submitted the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team, officials said.

Durham County's elections office last month gave about 120 suspect forms to the state for investigation, and Wake County's elections office sent in about 30 suspicious forms last week.

The investigation determined 104 Durham County forms and 30 Wake County forms were fake, along with one from Mecklenburg County.

State elections director Gary Bartlett said ACORN cooperated with the investigation. The problem was traced to one worker who was trying to fill out enough forms to get paid, he said, adding that the board would probably send the case to prosecutors.

An ACORN spokesman said Tuesday that a small number of the group's 13,000 workers took short cuts.

"If we discovered this through our calls or looking at the cards, we'd not only turn that information over but turn in the information that we had about that former employee, because they've been fired by that point, to election officials and ask for their help in prosecuting that person," spokesman Kevin Whelan said.

In North Carolina, ACORN had about 40 people a day working to register voters in Durham and Charlotte, said Pat McCoy, the group's state director. McCoy said the organization no longer imposes quotas on workers but does require them to show they are working steadily.

Durham elections director Mike Ashe said ACORN helped the county develop a system to trace problems.

"A lot of ACORN people just filled out the same name multiple times," so they would be paid, Ashe said. "One or two were getting information from the phone book."


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  • pagewood Oct 15, 2008

    ACORN you bet is a frauduent organization and is nowhere near NEUTRAL as we are finding out now with all the investigations going on with their frauduent voter sign-ups. ACORN can blame all they want on certain worker's but the truth is the workers get their orders from the top dogs including Obama. ACORN does work on behalf of the Democratic party in the sum of over $800,000.00 in funds to the organization from Obama and his party. ACORN does go out to not only the poor, but the elderly and the homeless and takes advantage of these people and bribes them to register and vote for only one party, the dishonest Democrats. ACORN without a doubt should be put out of business for the FRAUDS they are. Oh, this happens every election by this FRAUD (Democrat backed) organization, it's just coming out in the open a lot more this time. That's GREAT that these FRAUDS are being exposed because it shows how much of a FRAUD Obama is.

  • zekenkarin Oct 14, 2008

    Are these "fictitious" people going to show up on election day and vote for either candidate? Unless ACORN is somehow stuffing the ballot box, getting one individual to vote under several names, or bringing Mickey Mouse to life to vote for the president, I think this is just the usual distraction. Why don't we talk about Ayers again who won the Chicago Citizen of the Year award in 1997? I'm pretty scared :)

  • Scrofula Oct 14, 2008

    "I decline the offer to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent."

    After you've already lost it?

  • news4u Oct 14, 2008

    I decline the offer to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

  • Scrofula Oct 14, 2008

    Thank you both for those folksy observations. They validate my earlier assertion.

  • Scrofula Oct 14, 2008

    "By your argument the 'militia' would only be usin muskets,sabres and cannons. "

    Actually, no. The word they used in the second amendment was "arms", which is a broad term that can encompass many forms of weaponry.

    Contrast that to "land and naval forces" which is pretty explicit.

    I honestly have no problem with the Air Force. I'm just saying that if people are going to advocate strict constructionalism, then they need to be consistent about applying it.

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  • IndependentNOTconservative Oct 14, 2008

    If they are the ACORN nuts, then Obama is the tree and the roots! Along with $800,000 of fertilizer thrown in as well!

    What a crook and joke!

  • news4u Oct 14, 2008

    "Of course it's splitting hairs, but there's no explicit provision in there for any sort of Air Force, nor has any such provision ever been added.

    So, on a strict contructionalist basis, it shouldn't exist."

    By your argument the 'militia' would only be usin muskets,sabres and cannons.

    The means to convey warfare is ever expanding and the founding and future framers recognized same without resorting to amendments for each new implement introduced in the arsenal.

  • IndependentNOTconservative Oct 14, 2008

    Just like the other Dems... Do whatever it takes to get the win even if it means cheating. Typical.