Identification Required
Every state should require voters to present photo ID on Election Day.


Deroy Murdock

In his superb and chilling book, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, author John Fund cites a May 2004 report by Missouri’s then–state auditor Claire McCaskill, who now is a Democratic U.S. senator. McCaskill revealed that voter rolls in St. Louis were clogged with 1,452 people registered at vacant lots, 2,242 felons (of whom 935 had voted), 4,405 dead people, and 15,953 who were registered elsewhere in Missouri, or in Illinois.

And just this year — according to Scott Linedecker, co-chairman of the local election board — at least 60 dead people voted in St. Louis.

In Nevada, the FBI raided ACORN’s Las Vegas offices on October 7. ACORN tried to register the Dallas Cowboys’ starting line-up, including Terrell Owens and Tony Romo. “Tony Romo is nowhere on our voter rolls,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller, a Democrat. At least 46 phony registrations have come to light.

In New Mexico, Bernalillo County authorities are examining 1,400 dubious registration cards. Also, ACORN illegally has hired felons there to register voters. This apparently included a child rapist. ACORN reportedly has had at least 59 felons signing up voters across America.

In Ohio, some 8,000 applications look dodgy, from among 72,000 new registrations that ACORN submitted.

Domino’s Pizza delivery man Christopher Barkley testified on Monday before the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland. He said that he was reading a book outdoors when several ACORN representatives approached him and asked to register him to vote. When he said he already was registered, “They would ask me again, like, ‘I need a job; I’m just trying to hold on to a job. So, would you sign these for me? I need 25 of them.’ . . . Me being a kind-hearted person, I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t know that I would have to be in here for this.” ACORN went on to register him “ten to 15 times,” Barkley has said.

Freddie Johnson, 19, also testified Monday. Afterward, in imperfect English, he told journalists about ACORN: “They was trying to get signatures so they can make they money, and I was trying to help ’em,” he said.

How many times did he register?

“Seventy-three times,” Johnson innocently explained. “I thought that I could help other people.”

“Did they [the ACORN workers] say you’re doing something that’s wrong?” Fox News Channel’s Eric Shawn asked Johnson.

“No, they did not,” he replied. “I wouldn’t have did it if they would have said that.”

Shawn explained that the elections board has Johnson registered 48 times. In its defense, ACORN says their records show him registered a mere 18 times — and just 15 of those via ACORN.

Johnson evidently admits that he received cash and cigarettes for his numerous registrations.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a worker for one Ohio ACORN affiliate in 2004 “was given crack cocaine in exchange for fraudulent registrations that included underage voters, dead voters, and pillars of the community named Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy, and Jive Turkey.”

In Pennsylvania, a former ACORN staffer faces 17 counts of forgery and identity theft. Further criminal charges could arise in Allegheny County where eight ACORN workers are under investigation for their suspected connection to some 100 bogus registrations in Pittsburgh.

In Washington State, ACORN agreed to court supervision and paid a $25,000 fine after five of its workers went to jail in July 2007 for sitting in a Seattle public library and filling out 1,800 registration forms with names they invented. In 2004, some Democratic precincts generated more mail-in ballots than there were mail voters.

In Wisconsin, between 250 and 300 of ACORN’s registration cards are under a microscope.

Nationwide, ACORN boasts that it has registered 3 million new voters since 2004. How many of these registrations are fraudulent? The outrageous cases discussed here have been exposed and should be corrected. But how many others slipped through before ACORN became a household name?