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Honest elections in U.S. under attack from the angry Left

American voters have become accustomed to allegations of fraud surrounding elections. But what is happening now surpasses anything that may have happened in past elections, and it could determine the future of the nation.

By now, most everyone has probably heard of the liberal activist group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. ACORN, which gets about forty percent of its funding from the government, is closely aligned with organized labor and just about every left-wing group in the country. They are an anti-capitalism group that has a history of promoting policies that undermine the free market system and promote the welfare state. They are also known for using high pressure tactics to push their agenda.

In a 2003 article written for City Journal, Sol Stern wrote that ACORN is an offshoot of a radical 1960s group, the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), that staged sit-ins and demonstrations at welfare offices demanding that the federal government remove eligibility requirements for welfare. The goal was to have so many people signing up for welfare that it would cause the system to collapse. Their theory, according to Stern, was that the collapse of the welfare system would force “… a radical reconstruction of America’s unjust capitalist economy.”

Forty years later, ACORN may have played a significant role in the collapse of the financial system that has brought the United States to the verge of the nationalization of our banking system. As Stanley Kurtz reported, ACORN was a major player in the subprime mortgage scandal that has almost wrecked the financial markets. ACORN activists pressured banks into making subprime mortgages “… to often uncreditworthy poor and minority customers ….” The resulting collapse of the financial markets has resulted in a stock market meltdown that has cost investors and retirees trillions of dollars.

Apparently, elimination of the free market is not enough for them. ACORN has also been involved in questionable activities that threaten free and honest elections and they have been widely criticized for their voter registration and voter turnout activities.

After the 2000 election, ACORN launched Project Vote, a major voter registration and turn-out-the-vote effort. By 2004, they claimed to have registered over 1.1 million new voters and to have contacted over 2.3 million voters during their “get out the vote” drive.

These efforts resulted in widespread accusations of voter registration fraud and voter fraud in hotly contested states such as Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Federal investigators found that one ACORN worker in Ohio was given crack cocaine in exchange for submitting fraudulent voter registrations that included underage voters, dead people and such “famous” Ohio citizens as Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey.

After the 2006 election, ACORN was under investigation again for fraudulent activities in Missouri and Ohio and about a dozen other states. In the state of Washington, seven ACORN workers have been convicted for their role in what Washington election officials called the biggest election fraud scheme in the history of the state. ACORN’s voter registration efforts there put Frekkie Magoal, Fruto Boy Crispila and Veronica Mars on the Washington voter roles.

The 2008 election could be even worse.

On October 7th, Nevada election officials raided ACORN’s Las Vegas office as part of a major investigation of election fraud involving their voter registration efforts. The list of voters that they registered included members of the Dallas Cowboys.

On October 10th, CNN reported that officials in Lake County, Indiana stopped processing about 5,000 voter registration forms turned in by ACORN workers just before the registration deadline on October 6th when the first 2,100 forms turned out to be phony. According to the CNN report, Sally LaSorta, a Democrat on the Board of Registrars, “called the forms fraudulent and said whoever filed them broke the law.”

The most significant fraud watch is in Ohio, where a 6th Federal District Court has now upheld a federal circuit court judge’s order requiring the Ohio Secretary of State to set up a system to verify the eligibility of newly registered voters. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, had fought against having to verify eligibility. In addition to the federal court order, a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) lawsuit has been filed against ACORN on behalf of two Ohio voters by The Buckeye Institute, a Columbus-based public policy organization. The suit alleges that ACORN’s submission of fraudulent voter registrations dilutes the votes of legally registered voters and deprives them of the right to participate in an honest and effective election process.

With all the investigations of ACORN operations in key battleground states, it seems evident that there is substance to the charges of election fraud. It should come as no surprise that ACORN continues to oppose voter ID laws or any attempt to remove suspicious names from voter registration rolls. In fact, any attempt to verify voter rolls or the eligibility of voters on Election Day is met with a barrage of racism charges.

In other words, ACORN uses the same tactics of intimidation against election officials that they used to intimidate banks into making the billions of dollars in bad loans that are helping to sink our economy and socialize our financial markets. Unless election officials take a stand for honest voter registration and protect the integrity of the election process in the states where ACORN is at work, we could be sending more left-wing politicians to Washington to finish the job.

- Gary Palmer is president of the Alabama Policy Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of free markets, limited government and strong families, which are indispensable to a prosperous society.


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