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“We’ve seen the Republican playbook used on us before,” Ohio ACORN board member Mary Keith said. “They cry foul right up through Election Day, then all the accusations melt away.”

But Pennsylvania Republican Party officials said they would be at the polls in force to prevent fraudulently registered voters from casting ballots.

“We are going to be challenging people at the polls,” said party Chairman Robert A. Gleason Jr. “First-time voters have to show ID at the polls. We will be demanding that and we will be checking that.”

He said he was afraid that the large number of duplicate registrations - about 41,000 in Philadelphia alone - will allow people to vote twice or more.

“All we want people to do is to live to the letter of the law. If they are Republican, independent, Green Party, they all must obey the law.”

The Buckeye Institute, a conservative think tank based in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday filed a state civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against ACORN, reopening wounds of the 2004 election dispute in Ohio.

ACORN accused the group, which includes former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican, from the 2004 squabble, of reviving an “election season stunt” from the last presidential election.

The lawsuit accuses ACORN of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounts to organized crime and seeks a court injunction against further illegal activities and the dissolution of the organization in Ohio, according to the institute, which claims ACORN’s actions deprived two voters of the right to participate in the elections process and the group’s fraudulent voter registrations dilute votes of legally registered citizens.