The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.
Big Union Steps in Where ACORN Left Off, but Don’t Ask the Huff.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, the community organizers known as ACORN were hot to scam the election process by registering millions of illegal voters nationwide to participate in the general election. ACORN also came under fire for providing poll bandits that intimidated voters who may fit the profile of being Republican. Eventually, ACORN workers were charged for orchestrating wide spread voter fraud (Publius, Biggovernment.com). This has led to stricter voter registration laws that have photo ID requirements.
Huffington Post writer Patricia Lesko seems to have blogged a fine tale of Republican hysteria over voting laws in Michigan. See: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Vote? The Michigan GOP” in which Lesko seems to spin the issue of voter fraud in Michigan during the 2008 general election by providing a mental sleight-of-hand maneuver asking readers to squint past the truth. She magically reveals that a federal judge in 2004 ruled that there was no evidence of voter fraud in Michigan. While her seeming antics may have amazed her progressive friends, it completely ignores the fact that ACORN had engaged in election fraud in 2008.
Lesko begins her article by observing:
“Judging from the number of bills Michigan GOP members pushed through the state Senate on Feb. 14, 2012, one could be led to believe that voter fraud in Michigan is a problem of epidemic proportions. However, nothing could be further from the truth.”
A quick fact check seems to reveal a quite different story than the observations of Lesko. While the original story seems to be somewhat difficult to find, several indirect sources have left markers to the smoking ACORN gun. In an article, “MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD IN MICHIGAN BY ACORN – 200,000 FAKE VOTERS… – DETROIT FREE PRESS,” Godlike Productions produces a copy of an article from the Detroit Free Press describing suspected fraudulent ACORN produced voter registrations. While the article seems to be removed from the Detroit Free Press website, there are numerous citations online to the original article.
According to the online copy of the” lost” article as replicated in the above article,
“Several municipal clerks across the state are reporting fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications, most of them from a nationwide community activist group working to help low- and moderate-income families.
The majority of the problem applications are coming from the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has a large voter registration program among its many social service programs. ACORN’s Michigan branch, based in Detroit, has enrolled 200,000 voters statewide in recent months, mostly with the use of paid, part-time employees
Many of the ACRON solicited voter registrations proved to be fraudulent. Subsequently, ACORN was investigated and lost its status as a government funded program. However, the other bully on the block stepped in to provide tactical support for the Democratic Party.”
Now, the unions seem to have moved into the void left by ACORN. In a February 21, 2012 article referenced in the Labor Union Report, a blog, The Mental Recession reports on illegal union activities in: “Unions Behaving Badly: Registering Inmates to Vote, Spending Dues at Strip Clubs”
The article details how Big Union leaders have apparently replicated the ACORN marvel of election fraud. The article begins:
“The Albany Times Union has broken a story involving correction officers in Rensselaer county trying to unseat the incumbent Republican sheriff, Jack Mahar, through unsavory means. The crux of the story involves getting inmates to register or change their enrollment to the Conservative Party, giving the Democrat challenger, Gary Gordon, an edge in the general election. Gordon ended up capturing the Conservative line by a narrow margin, but losing the general election to Mahar.”
Voter fraud will remain an issue through the 2012 general election unless an informed citizenry demands complete accountability by election officials nationwide.
Submitted by: Joseph Hall, Daymar Institute, Health Care, Law, General Studies