ACORN Office Raided By Police

ACORN Vegas Office Raided in Voter Fraud Investigation

ACORN’s Las Vegas headquarters has been raided by Nevada authorities looking for evidence of voter fraud. 

Nevada state authorities seized records and computers Tuesday from the Las Vegas office of an organization that tries to get low-income people registered to vote, after fielding complaints of voter fraud. 

Bob Walsh, spokesman for the Nevada secretary of state’s office, told the raid was prompted by ongoing complaints about “erroneous” registration information being submitted by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also called ACORN. 

The group was submitting the information through a voter sign-up drive known as Project Vote. 

“Some of them used nonexistent names, some of them used false addresses and some of them were duplicates of previously filed applications,” Walsh said, describing the complaints, which largely came from the registrar in Clark County, Nev. 

Secretary of State Ross Miller said the fraudulent registrations included  forms for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team. 

“Tony Romo is not registered to vote in the state of Nevada, and anybody trying to pose as Terrell Owens won’t be able to cast a ballot on Nov. 4,” Miller said. 

Walsh said agents from both the secretary of state’s office and Nevada attorney general’s office conducted the raid at 9:30 a.m. local time, and “took a bunch of stuff.” Miller’s office reported seizing eight computer hard drives and about 20 boxes of documents. 

Bertha Lewis, interim chief organizer for ACORN, released a statement saying the group has for months been turning over any suspicious registration information to elections officials. She said those officials routinely ignored their tips, and called the raid a “stunt.” 

“When we have identified suspicious applications, we have separated them out and flagged them for election officials. We have zero tolerance for fraudulent registrations. We immediately dismiss employees we suspect of submitting fraudulent registrations,” she said. “Today’s raid by the secretary of state’s office is a stunt that serves no useful purpose other than discredit our work registering Nevadans and distracting us from the important work ahead of getting every eligible voter to the polls.”

Neither the group, which hires canvassers to register voters, nor any employees have been charged or arrested for fraud or other crimes, said Miller, a Democrat. 

But it’s not the first time ACORN’s been under investigation for registration irregularities. The raid is the latest of at least nine investigations into possible fraudulent voter registration forms submitted by ACORN — the probes have involved ACORN workers in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Indiana and other states. 

In response to the Las Vegas raid, Republican Nevada Sen. John Ensign and seven other senators penned a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency calling for the suspension of taxpayer dollars to “controversial groups like ACORN.” The letter referred to contributions that potentially could come from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. 

In 2006, ACORN also committed what Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed called the “worse case of election fraud” in the state’s history. 

In the case, ACORN submitted just over 1,800 new voter registration forms, and all but six of the 1,800 names were fake. 

More recently, 27,000 registrations handled by the group from January to July 2008 “went into limbo because they were incomplete, inaccurate, or fraudulent,” said James Terry, chief public advocate at the Consumers Rights League.

FOX News’ Eric Shawn, Judson Berger and Cristina Corbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report

Ohio Homeless Shuttled To Polls – Voter Fraud Waiting To Happen

From The New York

CLEVELAND —  Volunteers supporting Barack Obama picked up hundreds of people at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and drug-rehab centers and drove them to a polling place yesterday on the last day that Ohioans could register and vote on the same day, almost no questions asked.

The huge effort by a pro-Obama group, Vote Today Ohio, takes advantage of a quirk in the state’s elections laws that allows people to register and cast ballots at the same time without having to prove residency.

Republicans have argued that the window could lead to widespread voter fraud because officials wouldn’t have an opportunity to verify registration information before ballots were cast.

Among the volunteers were Yori Stadlin and Vivian Lehrer of the Upper West Side, who got married last week and decided to spend their honeymoon shepherding voters to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Early today, Stadlin’s van picked up William Woods, 59, at the soup kitchen of the Bishop Cosgrove Center.

“I never voted before,” Woods said, because of a felony conviction that previously barred him from the polls. “Without this service, I would have had no way to get here.”


ACORN – A Threat To Democracy In American?


Government of the People

In the dictionary definition, democracy “is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.” In the phrase of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Freedom and Democracy are often used interchangeably, but the two are not synonymous. While Democracy is a set of ideas and principles about freedom, Democracy is also a set of practices and procedures. Democracy is the institutionalization of freedom.

When a society rejects the practices and procedures that institutionalize freedom – Democracy itself is at risk. Without a free and fair electorial system Democracy is impossible. 

Voter Eligibility

Democracies establish rules for the conduct of fair and free elections. The first of these rules identify “who” is qualified or “eligible” to vote. Age, citizenship, residency or an obligation to pay taxes are frequent requirements to qualify as a voter.

One Person – One Vote

The second rule, universally adopted in Democracies, is the rule of “one person, one vote”. This rule stands for the proposition that every qualified elector is entitled to one and only one vote.

Electoral Fraud

Electoral fraud is illegal interference with the process of an election.

In national elections, successful election fraud can have the effect of a coup d’état or corruption of a democracy. 

A look at past narrow election victories proves that a small amount of fraud is all that would be needed to change the outcome of an election with National importance.


Ballot stuffing, the illegal act of one person submitting multiple ballots during a vote in which only one ballot per person is permitted. The name originates from the earliest days of this practice in which people literally did stuff more than one ballot in a ballot box at the same time.

Registering false voters, the deceased or fictitious people is another form of voter fraud.

Subverting voter registration rules, by falsifying residency, citizenship, age, name or other qualifications, is voter fraud.

Impersonating a voter is voter fraud.

Voting in multiple precincts, known as carousel voting, is a form of voter fraud. Individuals who sell their vote or vote in multiple precincts are known as “floaters.” 

ACORN – Conduct Aimed At Subverting Democracy?

ACORN or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has been described as “a  multimillion-dollar outfit that uses intimidation and other tactics to push its agenda of voter registration.” Acorn officials bill themselves as nonpartisan community organizers. You can decide what you think based upon the history.

Where does ACORN get its “millions of dollars” from. The US Taxpayer, thats where.  As part of a Fannie Mae funding bill in 1995, House Democrats passed a “trust fund” designed to subsidize ACORN.  ACORN operates in at least 38 states as well as Canada and Mexico. 

ACORN claims that the Organization has never been indicted, however the facts show that “ACORN workers had been convicted in Wisconsin and Colorado, and investigations were still under way in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.” in November 2004. “Four workers from Acorn,  had been indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms to the Kansas City, Missouri, election board”.

ACORN supports the concept of “Voters Without Borders” – the practice of not requiring any sort of Voter ID to qualify voters as being elligible to cast a ballot and allowing those same individuals to cast ballots where-ever they please. 

ACORN’s hostility toward voter identification laws aimed at ensuring fairness and accuracy at the polls was evidenced by the lawsuit ACORN filed challenging Voter ID laws in MIssouri. ACORN has brought similar court challenges in other states, including Ohio. 

CNN’s Lou Dobbs has addressed ACORN voter fraud – Dobb’s stated,”we have debased our right to vote.”



Acorn and its affiliates have pulled some real stunts in recent years. In Ohio in 2004, a worker for one affiliate was given crack cocaine in exchange for fraudulent registrations that included underage voters, dead voters and pillars of the community named Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey.

During a Congressional hearing in Ohio in the aftermath of the 2004 election, officials from several counties in the state explained Acorn’s practice of dumping thousands of registration forms in their lap on the submission deadline, even though the forms had been collected months earlier. “You have to wonder what’s the point of that, if not to overwhelm the system and get phony registrations on the voter rolls,” says Thor Hearne of the American Center for Voting Rights, who also testified at the hearing. “These were Democratic officials saying that they felt their election system in Ohio was under assault by these kinds of efforts to game the system.”



On Election Day, Poll Watchers are allowed to monitor Election activities and “challenge” individuals who may not meet voter “qualifications” …… not so during Ohio’s “early election period”. Why is it  okay to have Election observors in November but not during early voting in October? Seems very peculiar to me ….



WASHINGTON, Sept 25, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — James Terry, Chief Public Advocate for the Consumers Rights League, today testified at a joint House Administration and House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on “Federal, State and Local Efforts to Prepare for the General 2008 Election,” where he highlighted “corruption at every level of ACORN including embezzlement, cover-ups, misuse of taxpayer funds and voter fraud.”{573B31D0-6AB7-4353-B8E7-91300F4DFF81}&dist=hppr

An excerpt of his testimony follows:

James Terry, Chief Public Advocate, Consumers Rights League:
“ACORN routinely says it will clean up its act. Yet, given its decade-long history of voter fraud, embezzlement, and misuses of taxpayer funds, ACORN’s pattern of fraud can no longer be dismissed as a series of ‘unfortunate events.’
“The problem of voter registration fraud raises serious questions for this committee, and the Consumers Rights League appreciates that the right questions are being asked. “Here are the most important questions right now: We know about the thousands of potentially fraudulent voter registration cards turned in by ACORN and caught by officials. But given the size of ACORN’s efforts and the fact that the abuses appear to be systemic, we believe it is fair to question how many more fraudulent registrations have not been discovered.”
Furthermore, as this mega organization with a decades long history of violating the law is turned to get out the vote efforts, we believe it is fair to question how many fraudulent registrations may lead to fraudulent votes or what other activities they are willing to undertake to influence the election.”
“These are serious questions, especially in light of recent election results which show that a just few votes can change the outcome of an election, the course of our country and the course of history.”
“While we do not presume to tell this committee how to address this problem, we respectfully submit that our nation’s election system is facing a concerted campaign that raises serious issues that merit the committee’s oversight and attention.”{573B31D0-6AB7-4353-B8E7-91300F4DFF81}&dist=hppr
A complete transcript of hearing testimony can be read here:

ACORN registered a 13 year old to Vote in New Mexico.

ACORN workers submitted 35,000 registrations in Kansas City – 85% of the registrations were “bogus”

Out of 1800 voter registrations submitted by ACORN in the state of Washington – only 8 were legitimate.

ACORN is not a Democratic or Republican problem ?

In Michigan, ACORN signed up more than 200,000 new voters in the Metro Detroit area. “Several municipal clerks across the state are reporting fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications, most of them from a nationwide community organization” …”The majority of the problem applications are coming from the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has a large voter registration program” ….. “There appears to be a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications,” said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office. “And it appears to be widespread.” The Secretary of State’s Office has turned over several of the applications to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Free Press is a liberal publication.

The Consumers Rights League discusses Voter Registration issues in Michigan, ACORN and the Democratic Party’s attempt to funnel money from the “Bailout Package” to ACORN. Prior to the “BAILOUT” package, ACORN was already receiving $100 Million dollars in funding a year.

The Consumers Rights League criticizes ACORN for being one of the “predatory lenders” responsible for creating the  Finance/Housing crisis.

Virginia Voter Fraud was funded by ACORN’s Political Action Committee

Investigation into Virginia Voter Fraud expands:



The most disturbing example of modern day Voter Fraud in the United States may involve ACORN activity in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal Reported that, “Inquiry finds evidence of fraud in election, Cast ballots outnumber voters by 4,609″. 

“Investigators said Tuesday they found clear evidence of fraud in the Nov. 2 election in Milwaukee, including more than 200 cases of felons voting illegally and more than 100 people who voted twice, used fake names or false addresses or voted in the name of a dead person. Officials said charges will be filed in coming weeks, as individual cases are reviewed and more evidence is gathered. Even now, three months after the investigation, officials have not been able to close a gap of 7,000 votes.”

The fraud investigation has focused on the more than 70,000 people who registered to vote on election day, not the other 200,000-plus other voters. That is because registration cards provide a paper trail, which officials said would be stronger in court than computerized records.

The FBI and Milwaukee Police Department have logged more than 1,000 hours reviewing the 70,000 same-day registration cards, including 1,300 that could not be processed because of missing names, addresses and other information.

The Journal noted that, “non-residents used non-existent city addresses to vote in Milwaukee. Officials are checking to see if they also voted elsewhere, such as from their actual address.”

After an ongoing investigation, The Journal reported that, “Criminal investigations could be launched against at least six voter registration workers who tried to add dead, imprisoned or imaginary people to the voter rolls, according to the Milwaukee Election Commission.” 

“One woman called us to complain because her husband has been dead for 10 years and a voter registration was submitted,” Edman said.

In about 12 cases, deputy registrars paid by ACORN were “making people up or registering people that were still in prison,”. In other cases, workers used the same address for numerous voters or used driver’s license numbers that did not fit the voters’ birth dates. But most of the fraud involved submitting duplicate cards for voters who were already registered, and forging the voters’ signatures.

In 2004, the Presidental Election in Wisconsin was decided by 11,000 votes.

The Solution

The solutions are simple – require a State issued ID to vote or obtain an absentee ballot.

Computerize voter registration rolls and cross index them with Driver’s License and Social Security records.

End same day Registration & Vote programs. 

Require proof of citizenship. If you are hired for a new job, the law requires you to submit proof of citizenship before you start to work- why do we treat the privilege of voting as if it were of lesser importance. 

Our Democracy is based upon free and fair elections – not only to we need to conduct free and fair elections but the elections must be perceived as being free and fair by the electorate.



Several municipal clerks across the state are reporting fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications, most of them from a nationwide community activist group working to help low- and moderate-income families.

The majority of the problem applications are coming from the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has a large voter registration program among its many social service programs. ACORN’s Michigan branch, based in Detroit, has enrolled 200,000 voters statewide in recent months, mostly with the use of paid, part-time employees.

There appears to be a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications,” said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office. “And it appears to be widespread.”

Chesney said her office has had discussions with ACORN officials after local clerks reported the questionable applications to the state. Chesney said some of the applications are duplicates and some appear to be names that have been made up. The Secretary of State’s Office has turned over several of the applications to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday declined to confirm whether an investigation was taking place.

In recent years, ACORN’s voter registration programs have come under investigation in Ohio, Colorado, Missouri and Washington, with some employees convicted of voter fraud.

ACORN officials said they were looking into the problem.

“We’ll do an investigation to see what’s happening,” said David Lagstein, a spokesman for the Detroit office. “If it’s really as many as that, it warrants further investigation.”

In Pontiac, where several thousand applications have been submitted by ACORN in the last few weeks for the November election, the clerk’s office is finding that numerous applications are sometimes filed under one name.

“What it causes is a slowdown of our operations,” said Pontiac City Clerk Yvette Talley. “They’re steadily coming in, and we are finding a huge number of duplications.”

Talley said she could not provide an exact number.

Clerks are required to check their records against a statewide database of all registered voters within their jurisdiction, so it would be unlikely that duplications would allow voters to cast their votes more than once, Talley said.

“We catch them all, but it’s taking up a lot of our time,” she said.

In Oak Park, clerk Sandra Gadd said they have been seeing “lots of duplication” from ACORN in recent months but were reassured by ACORN officials that the group was working to correct the problem.

“They’ve been very cooperative,” Gadd said. “I spoke with them this week. They called me, and they’re willing to go door-to-door to do whatever they have to do to take care of this.”

ACORN is the nation’s largest community organization for low- and moderate-income families. Created more than 30 years ago, it has branches in 100 cities and claims 350,000 families as members. It works to help create affordable housing and health care, and to improve job conditions and neighborhood schools.

Lagstein said ACORN’s Detroit office has hired dozens of employees for the voter registration program and that any problems likely stem from sloppiness or incompetence — not an intent to let people vote more than once.

“We’re proud of our efforts to increase voter registration, and we have aggressive training for our staff to make sure the cards are filled out appropriately,” he said.

ACORN has a method to track the workers who filled out individual registration cards, which will allow investigators to question the workers, Lagstein said.

“We certainly do our best to keep the duplications as low as possible, so we’ll have to evaluate what’s happening here,” he said.

VOTER FRAUD – “No Match – No Vote” to be Enforced in Florida

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