October 7th, 2008
07:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Grassroots group's office raided in voter fraud investigation

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(CNN) – Nevada state officials served a search warrant on the Las Vegas office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Tuesday.

The search was “the result of an ongoing investigation into allegations of voter registration fraud,” according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office.

“There are allegations that a number of registration applications were completed with false information, and other applications on which attempted to register the same person multiple times,” Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said in a statement, adding that the office had “been told some of allegedly erroneous applications even included the names of players from the Dallas Cowboys football team.”

ACORN denied any intentional wrongdoing on the organization’s part. “When we have identified suspicious applications, we have separated them out and flagged them for election officials,” Interim Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis said in a statement released after the raid. “We have zero tolerance for fraudulent registrations. We immediately dismiss employees we suspect of
submitting fraudulent registrations.”

Listen: ACORN, Project Vote on Tuesday's raid

The group’s Southwest regional director, Matthew Henderson, told reporters any errors on the forms were unintentional. “There were some people that, you know, probably sat down on a couch and filled out names out of a phone book,” he said. “And so, when we talk about fraud, that’s really what we’re talking about here. Not an attempt to steal an election. We’re talking about an attempt for someone to get out of doing some real hard work.” Henderson also said that ACORN’s canvassers are paid by the hour, and not per registration, as some of its critics had alleged.

In partnership with Project Vote, ACORN recently completed a voter registration drive in 21 states. The groups said 1.3 million people were registered during the joint voter drive. They also said approximately 80,000 new voters were registered in Clark County, Nevada, where Las Vegas is located.

Filed under: ACORN • Nevada • Voter Problems
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Robin Mattson


    Who began the mudslinging? Did you think Obama would sit and take partial truths that are being advertised and are misleading? You get what you sow. When you throw stones, look within first- it is the smoking mirror.

    October 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Sean

    Obama, wear a Bulletproof vest when you're on stage with MCCain, in case some of his angry plants are in the crowd!

    October 7, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. saint paul mn

    sounds to me like Rove and Limbaugh, at it, he said he would (mcbush and libmaugh said they would do this exactly thing)

    oh lord

    mcbush alwasy blames Obama for everything even when Obama was not even born

    October 7, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. For Obama

    McCain needs to stop with his lies. He is crazy.

    October 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. terry in fl

    Sitting on the couch smoking dope and registering names from the phone book...wonder if that's what Obama did when he was a young college student smoking dope? Apparantly he has been involved with ACORN for a long time.

    October 7, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Steve California

    Obama does not need Nevada to win this election. McCain, on the other hand, does. I'm not saying McCain is responsible for the supposed fraud (not proven yet). I'm just saying that if you want to rig the vote, why go for a whopping 3 electoral votes?

    And lets not forget about all the fraud that has gone on in the past. Without that fraud, we would have had a different president. What is proven is that the republicans have committed fraud in the past.

    Give me a break! Get off your high horses and stop blaming the candidates ... dem or repub.

    October 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. libhomo

    Republican officials in Nevada are using a FUD campaign against ACORN to try to keep poor people from voting.

    October 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Deloris C. Harrington

    Senator McCain has a large "I", everthing is I what a egotistical person and God help us if he is elected.

    October 7, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. Deloris C. Harrington

    There goes McCain again with the living in the past and what a hugh Big I., its I everything he is so into himself.

    October 7, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. A dog barks in berkley round

    John is barking at the moon,poor lost soul that he now is.

    October 7, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Larry

    Here we go. I guess they have to result to something to try and slow down Obamas lead. But that is ok because Obama dosen't need nevada to win. It is jus tactic to stop minorities from voting. Probably what they did in florida and now they wana say that Acorn is using the same tactics. By the way the debate was awsome and obama took it to them.

    October 7, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. fact

    ACORN is a non-partisan organization – and these were registration forms, not votes. Honestly, is there really any way to determine either campaign is behind this? Pointing fingers does nothing without facts. Let the issue be investigated with a true sense of justice–without bias.

    October 8, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  13. keeth

    If this happened at an ACORN office on Nevada, then the whole organization is corrupt and should be shut down. Wait, the same could be said of our political parties and Washington itself. Wait again, that's a good idea!

    October 8, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
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