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Dissecting the ACORN vote fraud scam

posted at 9:12 pm on January 12, 2010 by

Over the last several election cycles, employees of the community organizing group ACORN were found to have forged thousands of voter registrations in dozens of states. According to former ACORN officials, as many as half of all of the group’s voter registrations were fraudulent. And the total number of bogus submissions by the group’s employees during the last election cycle alone could be as high as 600,000.

ACORN’s defenders have repeatedly downplayed the crimes by highlighting the differences between registration fraud and vote fraud itself. But the registrations are only one element of the scam.

Bogus Voter Registration + Fraudulent Absentee Ballot = Democrat Victory

During the run-up to the 2008 New Jersey gubernatorial election, John Fund noted that state officials had received a startling 180,000 requests for absentee ballots. A “new loosely written vote-by-mail law” reportedly discourages county clerks from closely validating the signatures on absentee ballots, which is the only method of verification.

ACORN’s preferred method appears to combine a fraudulent voter registration with an equally bogus absentee ballot. For this reason, observers speculate, the last few election cycles have seen huge increases in the number of absentee ballots cast.

Big Government reports that this sort of fraud was endemic to the 2008 election cycle. In Troy, New York, “[d]ozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections… the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties.” In fact, some ballots may have been cast with stolen identities.

A quick review of headlines helps illustrate the trend:

WBOC, 2008: “Delaware Voters Complete Record Number of Absentee Ballots”.

STLtoday, 2008: “Absentee ballots double in St. Louis, increase statewide”.

Seattle Times, 2008: “After King County Elections sends a batch of absentee ballots today, the office will have mailed a record 742,000 absentee ballots.”

NOLA, 2008: “Record number of absentee ballots cast in Maine.”

Fairfax County, 2006: Virginia absentee ballots numbered 110,000 in ’06, an increase of 65,000 compared to the last off-year election.

Washington Post, 2006: “A record 166,000 Maryland voters… requested absentee ballots.”

Absentee ballots, in conjunction with fraudulent voter registrations, are the simplest method to steal elections. This appears to be ACORN’s strategy of choice.

Coleman vs. Franken

By far the most insidious tactic used by ACORN and related groups is the “found ballot”. Whenever election outcomes are razor thin, you can expect that ACORN’s thousands of voter registrations — along with absentee ballots — will be “discovered” to add new votes to the Democrat candidate’s total.

After initially leading failed radio host Al Franken by 725 votes, incumbent Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota ended up losing the race after a series of bizarre recounts.

• The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that “the state Canvassing Board approved the use of Election Day results for 133 Minneapolis ballots that can’t be found and also recommended that counties sort and count absentee ballots that were mistakenly rejected.” This decision gave Franken most of his winning margin.

• In Ramsey County, “the recount showed that there were 171 more ballots than recorded votes”, yet the ballots were counted, and Franken picked up nearly 40 more votes.

Washington Governor’s Race

In 2004 Dino Rossi, the Republican candidate, won the state of Washington’s governorship by a narrow margin. But that victory proved short-lived. Election officials:

• discovered uncounted ballots weeks and months after the election;

• counted votes from people without valid registrations;

• and permitted “felons without voting rights, as well as a few dead people, to cast ballots”.

After the recounts, Rossi lost by a mere 133 votes.

Undermining Democracy

Writing in The American Thinker last year, James Simpson called ACORN “the new tip of the Cloward-Piven spear”. This assessment is accurate.

ACORN’s strategies are more than criminal; they are tantamount to an attempt to overthrow the government. By poisoning vote results, they are ruining the wellspring of Democracy.

The fact that mainstream Democrats support this outrageous group and its illegal behavior is sickening, but not unexpected from a party controlled by radical leftists who seek the destruction of the American form of government.

The lesson is clear for Republicans in 2010: much tighter oversight of absentee ballots is necessary in order for Democracy to survive in this country.

Hat tips: Leo Alberti (Obamacorn logo), Michelle Malkin and Larwyn. Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

 

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And again… why are people not in jail for this?

Midas on January 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

And again… why are people not in jail for this?

Midas on January 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

The same reason other organized crime operatives are not in jail..layer after layer of plausible deniability and a time limit.

Itchee Dryback on January 12, 2010 at 10:34 PM

It makes me sick to think that year after year this happens all over the country. I would ask when will something be done. But, as long as One Party benefits from fraud like this, I expect nothing from the “Powers That Be”.

EliTheBean on January 13, 2010 at 6:34 AM

Actually, I’ve considered results like this for the last couple of months and I’m now uneasy about elections this fall. There’s no doubt that legally cast ballots this November will heavily favor Republicans, but I believe that there’s a strong possibility that the GOP won’t gain anywhere near as many seats as they should. Imagine this:

1) Election Day. Republicans lead by a whopping 8%-10% on the generic ballot nationwide, and by even wider margins in some states.
2) Votes are cast and, after counting, Republicans actually lose seats in the House and Senate

When you have people like in charge of state elections who are nothing more than hack party shills whose sole purpose is to deliver a state to the Democrats (Ohio, Minnesota), you’re asking for a whole lot of trouble. The only way to fix this is to clean house at the state and local level, everywhere. Otherwise, there soon won’t even be any pretense of fair and legal elections. Instead, laws will be openly flouted by people who taunt you with “so what are YOU gonna do about it?”

Physics Geek on January 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM

When you have people like in charge of state elections who are nothing more than hack party shills whose sole purpose is to deliver a state to the Democrats (Ohio, Minnesota), you’re asking for a whole lot of trouble. The only way to fix this is to clean house at the state and local level, everywhere. Otherwise, there soon won’t even be any pretense of fair and legal elections. Instead, laws will be openly flouted by people who taunt you with “so what are YOU gonna do about it?”

Illinois is a great example. In 2004, I was an election judge. Everyone else was a Dem. They were also all union members (and relatives for some reason). They were assembling the voter startions and “helping” put completed ballots in the machines. Seriously. I even had one guy ask me for BLANK VOTER BALLOT APPLICATIONS form the back of the voter ledger.
Nothing happened no matter how many times I called the hotline. When the rep from the atty general came at the end of the night, I explained my concerns. He just looked straight ahead (like a guard at Buckinghgam Palace) and ignored me. He didn’t even speak.
In an environment like this, it’s very easy for local Repubs to lose all hope . (Chicago GOP is an example.)

Lothar on January 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM