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EDITORIAL: What were they thinking?
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In Nevada, the local chapter’s files were seized by police after election officials discovered thousands of fraudulent registration applications, including duplicates, false names and addresses and the entire starting lineup for the Dallas Cowboys. “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,” said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, a Democrat. Who is foolish enough to do that, believing it will go unnoticed?
And it is occurring in states across the country. In Lake County, Ind., 2,000 applications have been found to be fraudulent for many. As many as 5,000 have been deemed suspect, according to Ruthann Hoagland, an election board administrator. In Stamford, Conn., Lucy Corelli, a Republican registrar of voters, said her staff discovered 13 fraudulent voter registration cards, including one for a 12-year-old named Tyler. And officials said another 10 were found in Bridgeport. Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina and Ohio election officials all report massive numbers of fraudulent registrations with the exact same problems.
House Minority Leader John Boehner said last Thursday that any funding or partnerships with federal agencies - like the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s work with ACORN Housing to counsel lenders and homebuyers - should stop. He said federal candidates like Barack Obama - whose campaign paid ACORN $800,000 to register new voters during this year’s Democratic primary election - should not be allowed to work with them either. We agree.
It is troubling that ACORN, as a whole, is being hammered primarily for these phony registrations, considering that it has legitimately registered more than a million voters since 2004. There should be some balance. But ACORN must be made to answer for what is going on now - if for no other reason than to prove that this entire scheme wasn’t the machination of some mad scientist and his subordinates, (all with IQs of 3), to rig the elections using a scheme that results in their getting caught thousands of times and then trying to vote under all of the false names.
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