ACORN alleged voter fraud hits Minnesota

The ACORN voter fraud dispute that has surfaced in many states this election season has now come up in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune:

The Hennepin County attorney's office said this afternoon that is investigating an allegation that an individual with the ACORN grass-roots community organization "did not fully comply with Minnesota voter registration rules."

The group has been accused of fraud in 12 states. The accusations include "registration cards submitted by ACORN were incomplete or had false or duplicate names or were turned in without a person's knowledge," according to the Washington Post.

More from the Star Tribune:

County Attorney Mike Freeman will be briefing reporters in more detail later this afternoon.

Additional voter fraud allegations have been tied to ACORN in Ohio, Indiana and other competitive states in the November presidential election.

The group had previously worked for four decades with little media attention, but has now become a major distraction for the presidential candidates as Sen. John McCain accuses them of trying to rig the election for Sen. Barack Obama. Republican National Committee spokesman Danny Diaz called ACORN a "quasi-criminal group" last week.

More from the Washington Post:

"It's pretty shocking that anyone would say such a thing," Bertha Lewis, interim chief organizer for National ACORN, said of Diaz's assertion. "It's a lie, it's irresponsible, and I'm really disappointed that they would say such a thing. What's the meaning of 'quasi-criminal' anyway?"

Much of the political attention has stemmed from a program in Nevada, where ACORN hired 59 inmates in a work program to help register voters. The state attorney general halted the program. Nevada authorities last week seized records from ACORN's Las Vegas office after accusing the group of submitting fraudulent registration forms, which included names of players for the Dallas Cowboys.

In a statement, Lewis said that "groups threatened by our historic success" have gone after ACORN because of whom the group registers: As many as 70 percent of the new voters are minorities, and half are younger than 30.

Voter cards for sports celebrities and fake names are pretty ridiculous, but one has to wonder what McCain is so afraid of. If "George Washington" came to vote, we might start to wonder, but what's wrong with getting more people registered? If it's your right to vote, who you are shouldn't be questioned. McCain is more than welcome to rally the rich folks of the country to register too.

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