Obama Campaign Taking No Chances

Barack Obama reportedly is outspending the McCain campaign by three to one on television; I heard a news report a little while ago that he is outspending McCain seven to one in North Carolina. Obama’s ability to make the cash registers ring is his one unique contribution to American politics. But the Democrats are taking nothing for granted: voter fraud is once again playing a role in their strategy.

The main voter fraud organization is ACORN, with which Obama has a long relationship. Currently, at least seven states are investigating evidence of voter fraud perpetrated by ACORN. The latest is Missouri:

Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. She said they were bogging down work Wednesday, the final day Missourians could register to vote.

“I don’t even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy,” Davis said. “We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that don’t exist, people who have driver’s license numbers that won’t verify or Social Security numbers that won’t verify. Some have no address at all.”

In Nevada, law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at ACORN’s headquarters and carried off computers as well as registration records. A number of criminals were recruited by ACORN to register voters in Nevada; you can read the affidavit that supported the application for a search warrant here.

Then there’s Connecticut:

One of the phony registrations was for a 7-year-old girl in the Marina Village housing complex, whose age was listed as 27 on the voter card.

Another registration came from a man who later said he couldn’t have completed the voter card purported to be his because he was in jail on the date of the document.

Joseph J. Borges, the city’s Republican registrar of voters, filed the complaint with state officials after months of local complaints on the tactics that ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was regularly filing applications that were ruled ineligible.

Ohio:

Cuyahoga County Election Board members grilled representatives of a community group Tuesday about their links to suspicious voter registration cards.

In one case, a Cleveland resident was registered to vote three times in a single day, listing two different addresses.

Wisconsin:

Milwaukee County prosecutors Tuesday charged a convicted felon with illegally registering himself and others to vote between his conviction and his sentencing.

The complaint accuses Adam Mucklin, 22, of registering to vote in June, after he was convicted of battery in April, and after a judge told him he couldn’t vote as a convicted felon. Later in June, Mucklin signed up to work as a paid voter registrar for the Community Voters Project, something else he couldn’t do as a convicted felon, the complaint says. …

Mucklin was among 49 voter registration workers who were referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office by the Milwaukee Election Commission on suspicion of election fraud. He is the second to be charged. …

Virtually all the workers under scrutiny were employed by either the voters project or by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

On and on it goes. In most states, hardly any serious effort is made to prevent voter fraud. If more fraud does not exist, it is only because the effort required to cast a fraudulent ballot is more trouble than most people think it’s worth. But when a well-funded national organization gets into the act, targeting the swing states that Obama needs to win to assure victory, the potential exists for significant harm to the integrity of the ballot.

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