Voter Group Speaks Up Over Fraud Charges

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A voting activist group defended itself Tuesday over charges of fraud, saying most of the group's voter registration efforts were done legitimately and should not keep voters out of the Nov. 4 election.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, is now under fire over recent falsified voter registration cards.

"Out of 13,000 workers there were inevitably a few who decided they'd pad their hours by duplicating a card and filling out another one or making up a name," said Kevin Whalen, an ACORN spokesman.

The FBI has found fake voter registration cards with names like "Mickey Mouse" and the entire starting line up of the Dallas Cowboys.

In Ohio, one man testified that ACORN workers asked him to register as many as to 20 times.

"If we discovered this, we not only turned that information over but turned the information we had about that former employee," Whalen added. "Because they'd been fired by that point - to elections officials and asked for their help in prosecuting that person."

Across 18 states, ACORN has registered more than 1.3 million poor and working-class voters.

The McCain campaign is also urging investigations into Barack Obama's possible ties with ACORN. During the primaries, the Obama campaign donated more than $8 million to Citizens Services Inc., which is linked to ACORN.

Obama commented Tuesday that ACORN was not contributing to his campaign on voter registration and called it "another one of those distractions that get stirred up during the campaign."

So far, ACORN has submitted more than 65,000 registrations for fraud investigations in Ohio, which is a key state in the upcoming election.

Source: The Associated Press

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