Local Politics

State reviews suspect voter registrations

Posted October 9, 2008 6:19 p.m. EDT

— State elections officials on Thursday were reviewing some questionable voter registration forms submitted by the organization ACORN.

ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, represents low-income people and has offices in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte.

The Durham County Board of Elections forwarded about 80 applications submitted by the group that officials said might have been falsified.

Officials in other states, from Ohio to Missouri to Nevada, also were examining some of the 1.3 million voter registrations completed by ACORN representatives nationwide.

Gary Bartlett, director of North Carolina's State Board of Elections, said he doesn't see any pattern of widespread fraud in the state.

North Carolina ACORN director Pat McCoy said the group ended its voter registration drive in the state on Tuesday. He said officials would work with volunteers to improve the way they collect voter registrations in the future.