- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate estimates that between 126.5 and 128.5 million voters turned out on Tuesday to take part in the great American right to vote.

The number was slightly higher than 2004, a year when the election climate was far less complex and heated. Groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) have allegedly committed voter registration fraud during this election cycle. Web sites like the Drudge Report for example, forecasted the possibilty of riots related to the election. Others predicted massive lawsuits.

When they arrived on Election Day, many voters found long lines and malfunctioning machines in states like Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They could have turned around. Instead, Americans voted peacefully, respectully and mostly without incident at the polls. States such as North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Mississippi and the District of Columbia actually, saw huge increases in voter turnout.

For restoring enthusiasm in the electoral process while peacefully exercising their right to vote, the American citizenry is the Noble of the Week.

The FBI is currently investigating ACORN’s voter-card registration activities in 11 different states to check for alleged fraud. ACORN claimed to have helped register 1.3 million people to vote. The actual number it now admits to is actually closer to 450,000. The majority of the newly registered voters were young, the working class, and minorities. Yet ACORN is being investigated for turning in duplicate registration cards, as well as cards with fake names and addresses. The FBI is reportedly looking at cases of ACORN’s actions in the states of Nevada, Ohio, New Mexico, Connecticut, Missouri and North Carolina, among the others.

ACORN has downplayed or outright denied many of the allegations and said it is bound by laws in most of the 21 states where it has been active to turn in all new registration applications, even suspicious ones, according to one of their spokesman.

For its over-inflated numbers, failure to insist on voter integrity, suspicious, if not unlawful, voter-registration activities and adding undue stress on the electoral process, ACORN is the Knave of the Week.

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