The community organizing group ACORN’s claim that it had registered 1.3 million new voters was “a wild exaggeration,” according to a charity affiliated with the group, Project Vote.
Michael Slater, executive director of Project Vote, told The New York Times that the real number of newly registered voters is closer to 450,000.
The rest are registered voters who were changing their address, and about 400,000 that were rejected by election officials for a variety of reasons.
Those include duplicate registrations, incomplete forms, and “fraudulent submissions from low-paid field workers” trying to please their supervisors, according to The Times.
“We were wondering how many were Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse,” said Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. “The group is really tainted, and any work they do is suspect.”
Election officials have said it is unlikely that large numbers of people would actually try to vote through a fraudulent registration.
But Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund told Newsmax the idea that fictitiously registered voters don’t actually vote is wrong.
Fund, author of "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy," says that fraudulent voters have already started to impact the presidential election.
The process is easy, he said — the fraudsters simply use absentee ballots.
State and local authorities have launched investigations into possible fraudulent activity by ACORN in at least 10 states.
Acorn spokesman Brian Kettenring acknowledged that at least some bogus registration cards had been found in all 18 states where the organization has had major registration drivers.
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