2004, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman said that
ACORN had been “singled out” among suspected voter-registration
groups as “the
common thread” in the agency’s statewide fraud
investigations. Mark Wilson, vice president of the Florida Chamber
of Commerce, said that efforts to register felons and to submit
fraudulent voter-registration forms were “so
widespread” that “[i]t just seems to be a systemic approach
to take advantage of our lax registration laws.”
2004, ACORN and its affiliate, Project
Vote, submitted a large number of voter-registration cards to
the election board in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. These cards had a 15-percent
error rate (i.e., mistaken names, addresses, birth dates, etc.)
-- higher than the corresponding rate among cards filed by any
2004, the Franklin County, Ohio board of election supervisors said
that ACORN and Project Vote had submitted hundreds
to the Wall
“During a congressional hearing in Ohio in the aftermath of the
2004 election, officials from several counties in the state
explained ACORN's practice of dumping thousands of registration
forms in their lap on the submission deadline, even though the forms
had been collected months earlier.” Reflecting on that practice,
Thor Hearne of the American Center for Voting Rights
remarked, “You have to wonder what's the point of that, if not to
overwhelm the system and get phony registrations on the voter
2006, approximately 20,000
questionable voter-registration forms were turned in by
ACORN officials in Missouri -- virtually all in the St.
Louis and Kansas City areas, where ACORN professed a commitment to
empowering the "disenfranchised" minorities living there.
Also in 2007, seven ACORN workers in Washington state were indicted for
nearly 3,400 fraudulent forms in King and Pierce Counties. Three of
the suspects eventually pled guilty and ACORN was ordered to pay a
March 23 and October 1, 2008, ACORN and other get-out-the-vote
groups submitted at least 252,595 registrations to the Philadelphia
County Election Board; of those, 57,435
were rejected for faulty information. Most of the fraudulent
forms -- which featured fake social security numbers, incorrect
birthdates, forged or duplicate signatures, and non-existent
addresses -- were submitted by ACORN.
October 2008, Philadelphia's city commissioners voted
unanimously to present to the U.S. Attorney some 50,663 fraudulent
voter-registration forms submitted by ACORN. These included
35,888 duplicates; 689 that were filled out by people too young to
vote; 2,108 with missing signatures; 5,093 with phony
addresses; and 6,161 not eligible because they were missing a valid
America Vote Act) number.
the 1,320 voter-registration forms that ACORN filed in Brevard
County, Florida in 2008, fully two-thirds
contained the names of people who had been previously registered.
One Miami individual in particular filled out 21
2008, in Indianapolis (where ACORN was very active), the number of
registered voters exceeded the official population of voting-age
adults by 33,204.
Lake County, Indiana, ACORN submitted 5,000 voter-registration
applications in early October 2008. Of
the first 2,100 that were analyzed by election officials, every
single one was fraudulent. “All the signatures looked exactly the
Republican election official Ruthann Hoagland. “Everything on the
card filled out looks exactly the same.” The fake registrants
dead people and under-age children.
Jackson County, Missouri in 2008, election supervisor Charlene Davis
told reporters that her office had discovered some 800
fraudulent forms filed by ACORN.
2008, St. Louis election officials, suspicious of many of the
voter-registration applications submitted by ACORN, sent letters to
some 5,000 ACORN registrants citywide, asking the recipients to
contact the election board. Fewer
than 40 reponded.
late 2008, Nevada criminal investigator Colin Hayes of the Secretary
of State’s office said that 59
prison inmates had worked for ACORN from early March through
late July of that year. According
to the Las
“One ex-employee of ACORN, Jason Anderson, rose to the rank of a
supervisor in the voter registration program although he was a
convicted felon and an inmate at Casa Grande at the time.”
Oakland County, Michigan in 2008, election officials discovered more
than 33,000 duplicate voter-registration applications, most of
which had been submitted by ACORN workers.
January and October 2008 in
North Carolina, where ACORN was particularly active, the number
of newly registered Democrats exceeded newly registered Republicans
by a margin of 218,749 to 38,337. This imbalance was evident even in
the Charlotte area, where in previous election years new
Republicans had consistently outnumbered new Democrats by a 2-to-1 ratio. One ACORN worker in Charlotte was found to have forged
approximately 70 registrations.
2008, the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) board of elections openly accused ACORN of