ACORN accused of voter-fraud in Florida

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A national advocacy group is facing accusations of election fraud, and as Florida is one of several states that could go either way on Nov. 4, elections officials are concerned.

Over the past four years, ACORN has registered more than 380,000 new voters in Florida, but critics are accusing the organization of election fraud, saying they believe many of those new voters have no idea they've been registered.

Officials in Orange and Seminole counties have questions about voter registration cards submitted by ACORN. The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections agrees that at least a couple of the applications may have been forged.

ACORN representative Leroy Bell said he's confident that that's not the case.

"That's false, fabricated info. Just for voter suppression. That's all," he said.

So far, ACORN directors have disciplined some staff members following accusations in Orange County. In Seminole County, one registration card collector was fired.

However, top U.S. House Republicans are attacking ACORN, calling the organization a "leftist political advocacy group" that could be trying to rig the election. They say that, in the past ACORN workers have already been convicted of fraud, and now they are calling for a federal investigation.

The state would also be involved with any investigation into widespread election fraud on the part of ACORN. The problem is, most registration cards have no markings to show who submitted them. The most that can be done to track the registrations is calling a phone number to confirm that a person did in fact register.

Jennifer Krell Davis, a spokeswoman for Florida's Division of Elections, said that the state wanted to require third-party groups like ACORN to mark their cards, but the law is currently being held up in the courts.

"Sometimes we can ascertain if the form has some kind of marking or has the organization's name, but that is completely not required, and there isn't a way within our larger database system to tag these," she said.

State officials say that if there are questionable cards with third-party markings, they turn them over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for investigation.


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