Setting the Record Straight

October 22, 2008

GOP’s November Surprise: Part III

 Acorns to Chestnuts 

     Here are excerpts of what FactCheck.Org says about John McCain’s claims of voter fraud being perpetrated by the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (Acorn):

     –“Neither Acorn nor its employees have been found guilty of, or even charged with, casting fraudulent votes. What a McCain-Palin Web ad calls ‘voter fraud’ is actually voter registration fraud. Several Acorn canvassers have been found guilty of faking registration forms and others are being investigated. But the evidence that has surfaced so far shows they faked forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot boxes.”

     –“Obama’s path has intersected with Acorn on several occasions–more often than he allowed in the final debate.”

     –“Destroying Democracy?

     “The McCain ad accuses Acorn of ‘massive voter fraud.’ In the final presidential debate, John McCain added that Acorn ‘is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fab ric of democracy.’ Sounds scary, but is it true?”

     –“There is no evidence of any such democracy-destroying fraud.” 

     –“No evidence has yet surfaced to show that the Acorn employees who submitted fraudulent registration forms intended to pave the way for illegal voting. Rather, they were trying to get paid by Acorn for doing no work.”

     –“Acorn pays canvassers by the hour, not by the form, but it does ask them to meet certain registration goals.”

     –“In its defense, Acorn says that only a few of its 13,000 paid canvassers turned in any faked forms.”

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 Voter Registration

     Obviously, for the American voting system, or that of any democracy for that matter, to work as intended, there must be a system in place to be sure voters are counted only once in an election.

     Without registration that allows the voter to be assigned to a single locale, potential voters could wander around town casting votes in every polling place.

     The system used to verify the accuracy of registration varies according to states and even localities, so it should come as no surprise many systems are far from perfect.

     In Wisconsin, the state elections board is composed of six retired judges. When they ran their own registrations through the new state database designed to match registrations against other state records, such as Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses, four of the judges’ registrations were rejected.

     Similar problems are cropping up in many other states in database systems created to comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

     The Washington Post reports scores of voters being rejected in Alabama because their names are the same as those of convicted felons, who are barred from voting by the U.S. Constitution.

     All these are mistakes of the system and not necessarily of any nefarious attempt to deny some people, particularly classes of people, the right to vote Nov. 4.

     Because of the furor raised by McCain/Palin and their allegations of fraud, the FBI is reported to be looking into the situation. Police in several cities also are checking out fraud allegations.

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 Tying Obama to Acorn

     Barack Obama came on the public scene in Chicago as a “community organizer.” Acorn is an alliance of community organizer groups that work in cities all over the country. Thus, Obama would have interacted with the organization on some level.

     He does have additional ties, however minor.

     According to FactCheck.Org, Obama directed a registration drive in Chicago for Project Vote, often allied with Acorn.

     He was one of several lawyers representing Acorn is suing Illinois to allow “motor voter” registration at DMV offices.

     He served on the board of the Woods Fund that awarded grants to Acorn’s Chicago office.

     Obama’s campaign paid Citizens Services, a group also associated with Acorn, $800,000 for a get-out-the-vote efforts aimed at getting people to vote in the primary.

     It is not surprising, then, that Acorn favors Obama for the presidency.

     But Acorn never honored Obama by having him as the keynote speaker at any of their major events.

     That honor went to John McCain, who not only showed up and spoke at the group’s 2006 rally, he praised the organization for its efforts.

(from www.straightrecord.com)

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