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October 21, 2004
Mighty Voter Fraud From Florida ACORNs Grow

The so-called nonpartisan voters assistance group, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), has generated suspicion for some time in conservative circles as a front-line player in leftist efforts to skew the vote. Now a former employee has filed charges against ACORN alleging that the organization deliberately set out to disrupt the Florida vote by illegally registering Democrats and suppressing Republican registrations:

Mac Stuart, of Opa-locka, has accused the organization, known as ACORN, of illegally copying voter registration applications and selling them to labor union groups, allowing people to sign petitions who were not registered voters and suppressing Republican voter registration applications. ...

Stuart, who was assistant director of voter registration for the group, was fired in early August after being accused of trying to cash a paycheck that wasn't his. In the lawsuit, he claims he was fired only days after voicing his concerns about ACORN practices at a group meeting in late July.

You can look at this one of two ways. Either Stuart is a disgruntled, terminated employee looking for revenge, or he is a whistleblower who got smeared when he attempted to stop crimes from being committed. Either could be true. However, if Stuart really did try to fraudulently cash a check, I doubt that he would be bringing the case to court, since apparently he avoided being charged for theft or forgery from the incident. ACORN could always say that it preferred to let the matter drop quietly, but if Stuart did violate the law, the presumption would be that his motivation for keeping it quiet would be much stronger.

Combine this with other irregularities, such as the NAACP representative paying for bogus Ohio registrations with crack cocaine, and I'd tend to suspect that the ACORN does not fall far from the tree. Floridians should take this into consideration when deciding which party truly represents their values. Remember what Hugh Hewitt says -- if it's not close, they can't cheat.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 21, 2004 12:00 PM

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