POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. GOP goes to court over ACORN

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 19, 2008

Mario F. Cattabiani, Tom Infield and Jeff Shields write in the Philadelphia Inquirer …

  • Amid continued allegations that a community group engaged in widespread voter-registration fraud, Pennsylvania Republican Party leaders asked a state court yesterday to take steps to ensure that only eligible voters cast ballots on Nov. 4.
  • At issue are an undetermined number of the 140,000 new voter registrations – including 85,000 in Philadelphia – gathered in the state by the activist organization ACORN over the last 18 months.
  • The suit, filed in Commonwealth Court, calls into question voter applications submitted by ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in four counties – Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware and Philadelphia.
  • ACORN and top Democrats in the state dismissed the move as a desperate effort by a party that is realizing defeat is just two weeks away.
  • At a news conference in Harrisburg announcing the suit, GOP chairman Gleason charged that “ACORN and other groups like them have perverted the process by manufacturing registrations. They have flooded the county board of elections with fraudulent registrations in the hopes that some would get through. We are concerned that some have.”
  • ACORN is a nonprofit group that advocates for low-and moderate-income people. Over the last 18 months, it has mounted a massive national drive that has helped 1.3 million new voters to register.
  • In recent days, some Republicans have been demonizing the group, alleging it has engaged in a conspiracy with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to unduly influence the election.

Read the entire article at … http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20081018_Pa__GOP_goes_to_court_over_ACORN.html

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2 Responses to “* Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. GOP goes to court over ACORN”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    I think it’s a ploy to cover their own voter suppression tactics.

  2. Ilene from The Big Apple said

    I still can’t figure out why the Repubs are so upset here. Let’s suppose for a minute that ACORN has registered 1 million “fraudulent” voters. It doesn’t matter if these people don’t exist, since they wouldn’t be able to vote anyway… sounds like much ado about nothing — again. It certainly takes chutzpah to complain about so-called “voter fraud” after they stole the elections in 2000 and 2004!

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