Wednesday, October 08, 2008
ACORN Raid In Nevada, Ohio Shenanigans
Nevada authorities said Tuesday they raided the Las Vegas offices of the controversial voter-registration activist group, ACORN.
The Secretary of State's Office confirmed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a search warrant was served at the ACORN office as part of a probe into suspected voter registration fraud.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, has been under withering attack from the Republican Party for allegedly signing up unqualified voters in order to boost Democratic presidential candidate Barrack Obama.
ACORN has stated that while it indeed targets low-income voters, it is required to turn in all of the registration cards it collects to state officials nationwide regardless of any problems with the information provided by the people they signed up.
The Review Journal reported that the Secretary of State's Office said ACORN employees were suspected of using false names or addresses in their registration efforts, including the names of some former members of the Dallas Cowboys.
Stanley Kurtz: "Obama's ties to Acorn — arguably the most politically radical large-scale activist group in the country — are wide, deep, and longstanding. If Acorn is adept at creating a non-partisan, inside-game veneer for what is in fact an intensely radical, leftist, and politically partisan reality, so is Obama himself. This is hardly a coincidence: Obama helped train Acorn's leaders in how to play this game. For the most part, Obama seems to have favored the political-insider strategy, yet it's clear that he knew how to play the in-your-face 'direct action' game as well. And surely during his many years of close association with Acorn, Obama had to know what the group was all about.
"If Obama didn't know, he's too oblivious to be entrusted with the Presidency of the United States!"
Three years ago, Ohio changed its law to allow absentee voting to begin 35 days before Election Day, which is Sept. 30 this year. But residents of the state are allowed to register to vote as late as Oct. 6, creating a one-week overlap in which they can register and vote on the same day.
That overlap has come under fire by the Ohio Republican Party and some Ohio voters, who point out that state law requires voters to have been registered for 30 days before they can cast an absentee ballot. This, they say, creates an unfair situation because it is difficult to immediately verify a voter's identity.
"This window has created an opportunity for voter fraud," said Ohio GOP spokesman John McClellan, who faults Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, for allowing the practice to occur.
McClellan, who called the overlap "illegal," said the law mandates that a resident be registered for 30 days before he or she can be considered a "qualified voter." In order to receive an absentee ballot, McClellan said, a registrant must sign a ballot indicating that he or she is qualified.
"Clearly, the Democrats in Ohio have publicly stated that they were going to take advantage of this loophole and we believe strongly that these shenanigans are the responsibility of the secretary of state and the Democratic Party," he said.
But the Ohio secretary of state's office refuted the claim, saying the overlap "is a legal process" that was actually a result of Republican-led legislation.
This is so bogus it makes my blood curdle. All I have been hearing on liberal radio is "You can register and vote the same day", a reminder from the democrats supporting Obama. The Dems are out to steal Ohio. That is obvious.
I am so very pleased to hear your comments since you live in Ohio. You know firsthand what's going on there. Yours is the blog to watch about what's going on in Ohio. Keep us posted on the voter fraud there. Thanks!!
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