Fox News reported yesterday that 18 former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) workers have admitted guilt or been convicted on varying charges of election fraud. The punishment has ranged from probation to several months of prison time.
Some of the highlights from the story:
- In Miami, seven former ACORN voter registration canvassers were convicted
- In Pennsylvania, six of seven former ACORN workers who were charged in an investigation were convicted
- In Milwaukee, three former ACORN workers have been convicted
- Kevin Clancy was sentenced to 10 months in prison for his role in submitting falsified voter registration forms before the 2008 election. Clancy will start his sentence once he finishes another sentence he is currently serving for armed robbery.
- Frank Walton pleaded guilty to submitting 54 fake voter registrations during the 2008 presidential campaign
- In Washington state, Kendra Lynn Thill was convicted in March of voter registration fraud in the 2006 midterm election
- In Nevada, a former ACORN supervisor pleaded the equivalent of a no-contest in a case alleging that canvassers were illegally paid to register voters during the 2008 campaign
As you read the above list, remember that these are convictions–not charges. ACORN received taxpayer dollars for many years. They have declared bankruptcy, but have reappeared under new names. The only way to avoid a repeat of the fraud we have seen is to pay attention to any group that is doing mass voter registration drives in any area. Some of these drives are legal and well-intended; some are not.