Union-backed ACORN in criminal voter-fraud

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Pattern of misconduct begins to anger elections officials around the nation

Milwaukee’s top election official said Thursday she plans to seek criminal investigations of 10 more voter registration workers, including two accused of offering gifts to sign up voters. Most of the suspect workers appear to have falsified driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers or other information on voter registration cards, Election Commission Executive Director Sue Edman said.

Counting the latest group, Edman will have referred 49 voter registration workers this month to Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf for possible prosecution. Milwaukee police are looking at the evidence to determine whether criminal charges are warranted against the workers, Landgraf said.

About 250 to 300 of the registration cards submitted by those workers are under scrutiny, Edman said. All the workers were paid by two organizations running voter registration drives, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and the Community Voters Project. Overall, 37 of the suspect workers were on the ACORN payroll, 11 were paid by the voters project and it’s not clear who employed the other one.

In many cases, the organizations said they caught the fraud, fired the workers and flagged the cards for investigation before turning them over to Edman.

They also have said the problems involve only a fraction of the hundreds of workers who signed up tens of thousands of new voters.

Among the latest group, two ACORN workers are accused of offering pre-paid gasoline cards or restaurant gift cards to people in exchange for signing up to vote.

Edman said she wants Landgraf to look into whether the workers violated a state law that forbids offering cash or gifts to sway voters.

Eight voter project workers are suspected of making up information on voter applications, Edman said.

Among the workers previously referred to Landgraf, two are accused of submitting cards for dead voters.

Others appear to have submitted cards for people who said they never filled out an application or who were already registered, signed cards themselves, or falsified driver’s license numbers.

The incident has revived partisan debate over whether photo identification for voters would help prevent fraud or discourage the poor and minorities from voting.

On Wednesday, the state Government Accountability Board refused to require voters to show photo ID at the polls if new database checks found discrepancies in their registration information.


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