“ACORN paid me cash and cigs”


Commenting:  Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

The excitement over the spike in voter registrations has quickly turned to suspicion as officials in almost a dozen states have launched investigations to determine whether these nine million Americans are actually eligible. In the weeks leading up to November 4, the New York Post found dozens of people who have different names but share the same story. Most of the accounts, like Christopher Barkley’s, are from swing states and involve ACORN, the “community activist group” submitting the bulk of the new voter applications. Barkley says he was “hounded” to register by ACORN workers in Ohio, a crown jewel of the presidential race. “I kept getting approached by folks who asked me to register. They’d ask me if I was registered. I’d say yes, and they’d ask me to do it again.” Ohio voter Lateala Goins told a Post reporter, “You can tell them you’re registered as many times as you want; they do not care. They will follow you to the buses, they will follow you home…” Another man in Cleveland says he “was given cash and cigarettes” by ACORN representatives for registering a whopping 72 times in the last year and a half. The fraud gets even worse in Texas, where one county found that 4,000 of its registered voters were dead-but even that didn’t stop many of them from voting! In Florida, a state that President Bush won by less than 600 ballots in 2000, the Sun-Sentinel learned that more than 30,000 felons are still on the rolls, despite the law rendering them ineligible. Although 11 states are investigating ACORN’s role in widespread election fraud, time is short. With the nation on edge and Americans sharply divided as to who can lead us back, democracy cannot become corruption’s next victim. Regardless of who wins, we all have a stake in an honest process.”



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