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. Lu

    The polls speak for themselves. Any voter fraud would not detract from the support that people have for Obama. He represents more people on important issues.

    October 7, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Gordon Liddy has said that, as a child, he grew up in a German-American community that included many admirers of Adolf Hitler, and that listening to Hitler's speeches "made me feel a strength inside I had never known before. Hitler's sheer animal confidence and power of will [entranced me]. He sent an electric current through my body.

    McCain Friend and Donor

    October 7, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Independent but Leaning



    October 7, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Ohh! Please

    This news was reported early this morning and CNN just got around to post it....well, the truth is I thought it was not going to appear here at all.

    October 7, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Dan

    The Democrats won't have to commit voter fraud this year. The
    republicans on the other hand . . . . . .

    October 7, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Republican for change

    "Cindy McCain says Obama running dirtiest campaign ever"


    Cindy, give me one instance when the Obama campaign did this?

    It's the American people who are debunking McCain's smears and lies because the old man is so stupidly transparent.

    That's the truth

    October 7, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Wake-up America

    Voter Fraud has been going on since the 1940’s. This is part of our corrupted partisan system on both sides and you better get used to it. The truly astonishing part of this story is because it involves ACORN than Senator Obama must be behind it. Wow, now there’s another repugnant Republican attack of NO basis what so ever.

    I surely didn’t hear a peep out of the Republicans in the 2000 Election when Bush won Florida by less than 500 votes after the so called recount. The interesting part is there were several voters boxes found months later that contained some 6,000 ballots and had those been counted guess who would not have been President, BUSH!!!

    That is a fact. And to think we may not have had 9/11 and the Financial melt down. Makes you wonder!!

    The only real fraud in this election is McCain/Palin and the rest of the Republican Bigots.

    October 7, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Kaymee

    Well, the last 2 elections were fixed/dirty & we all know it. We also know that paper ballots can be 'lost' (read: stashed where they'll never be found). What we need is 1-1 dems & reps at each polling station, paper ballots and automatic counters at each as well. I also think it's funny that anyone republican question voting irregularities. They DO have incredible chutzpah, though.

    October 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. MV

    so now mccain has stooped down to falsely registering voters. please we should all be careful and vigilant these mcbushes will not repeat as they did with the courts in 2000. john and palin can stoop down to anything

    October 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    Hey if anything illegal happened, then it must be rooted out. There is nothing more repugnant in politics than voter fraud. Now, what about the voter rolls being purged as they were in Ohio in 2004.

    It has to be fair and balanced.

    October 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Dal CA

    Lets look at this in a different light.
    Republicans go and help ACORN and while doing that do the deeds that are incorrect and illegal and then blame the Democrats.

    October 7, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. Respecting McCain

    The Obama campaign and ACORN are in this together. That is the way of Obama.

    October 7, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Pamela

    Is anyone looking at the other side of the isle? I am very much against any fraudulent regitration/voting activity. The fraudulent elections of George W. Bush to the White House reinforces the importance of a fair election. Personally, I believe the explanation given...because there is a record breaking number of people committing their vote to Obama.

    October 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. marianna

    Early voting is great – you can then go and vote again on election day. Will we see times when voters will get a tatoo at the polling booth? Just a thought 🙂

    October 7, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. REAL MAD

    Obama has just made this independent sway right.

    I am done flip flopping with the "shaky" backrounds.

    October 7, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Judy

    So what is new about charges of voter fraud? This organization should be investigated and charged if found guilty however; to those who automatically claim that the Obama campaign is behind this; shame on you. It is time that we stop slinging mud and start looking at the facts and issues. I believe that it is still innocent until proven guilty or did we lose this right under Bush as we have so many others?

    October 7, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. Shannon

    MV, do you actually think that ACORN has any affiliation with republicans. Please tell me why Obama supporters are so uninformed.

    October 7, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. ms c

    How did Cindy think things would turn out after Palin threw her rock? Did she honestly think Obama would go away quietly? If she wasn't so wrapped up in her own little world she would know Mccain did it, it aired on television for the whole world to see. But all wasn't lost , she can sit high and look down low. But she's not alone, there's the Palin's and last but not least the Hesslebeck's.

    October 7, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Hillary 2012

    Obama may loose the votes now

    October 7, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. lovable liberal

    I smell a Republican rat!

    October 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. Matt

    CNN why are you constantly censoring the fact that this organization got money in the bail out? Who's side are you on? Certainly not the average Americans. You make no mention of the money the democrats tacked on the bail out for them.

    October 7, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. gregg45

    it is all in the god obama hands,,let us serve him,, let him comfort us in trying times,, let him feed us one by one,,, let him tell us whom to vote for,,,,,,, let the new god rule... +all praise our new god,,,,,,,,, obama,,never say anything bad about our new god, our you shall be destroyed,, be aware ,, obama haters,,,

    October 7, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. jm from sc

    Since the election has not occured,how does the republicans know that those who may have registered more than once are voting for Obama? In a general election, you have a choice to vote for either party. I think the republicans will do anything to get McCain old tired rear end in office.

    October 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Miss concerned

    I'm a concerned Florida votor. Hmm, could it be because Jeb Bush spent millions of our money on Diebold voting machines before he left office. Check out documentary on how easily the memory card can be rigged to switch counts – only takes seconds. A good machine costing one tenth of what the Diebold costs has a good security system, but nothing about any of this on the news.
    Also, I have volunteered at a registration station, and have heard stories of attempts to deceive votors with false information , such as your ID address has to match your registration address – NO it doesn't! Have you tried to find the absentee votor site for your county? According to the law, you should be able to register and vote on that site at the same time. But....how to find it. We need comprehesive voting reform, but I don't hear any serious attempts. Without our vote, we live in a oppresive fascist state (e.g . over 1 trillion dollars to global corporations without hearings or respect for public (American citizens) opinion. Who is our government representing? Americans or corporations?

    October 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Griff

    Obama did not answer the questiopn he was asked..
    The guy asked him who???

    October 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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