Tiffany Wilson reporting from Columbus (2008-11-02 08:44:19)
James Bond 101 – if you’re in a pinch, divert attention and you’ll get away safely.
ACORN is this election’s hot blond walking into the room. It’s the smoke bomb, the loud noise, the shattering glass. A great effect – but not the source of tangible voter fraud.
What’s all this ACORN white noise hiding? Voter fraud by non-residents voting in swing states.
The Politico article linked above reported that no fake registrations have resulted in fake votes:
“Ronald Michaelson, a veteran election administrator and member of the McCain-Palin Honest and Open Election Committee, said in an interview that he could not name a single instance in which this had occurred.
“Do we have a documented instance of voting fraud that resulted from a phony registration form? No, I can’t cite one, chapter and verse.” “
No voter fraud from ACORN there.
Let’s move on to New Mexico, where Palestra.net had the opportunity to sit down with Mary Herrera, NM’s Secretary of State on Friday. Herrera said the same thing – the Land of Enchantment hasn’t seen one case of voter fraud by an individual using a false name.
In Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous county and home to Albuquerque, roughly 1,500 questionable registrations have been flagged. The Secretary of State said get-out-the-vote workers opened up phone books, used the correct name and address and then made up social security numbers to hit their target goals of new registrations every day. Herrera said this even happened to her daughter’s hairdresser – a woman who’s been registered for years.
Annoying – yes. Voter fraud – no.
The only instance Herrera could recall looking into voter fraud from a faulty registration was when an 80-year-old man accidentally signed on the wrong line. Not exactly the work of ACORN.
ACORN draws the obvious attention. Mainstream media is flocking to the issue with abandon. Only, in their haste to check out the blond, clear out the smoke or sweep up the glass, they are missing the bigger problem. Palestra.net’s identified people registering in swing states without being residents. The law in New Mexico and Ohio says this is wrong. In Ohio, we know of 34 votes that have already been withdrawn, more are under investigation. In New Mexico, the investigations are just beginning.
Voter fraud is occurring just not between the hips of ACORN.
Original article can be found at: http://www.palestra.net/blogs/read/18073