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ACORN Counters Voter Fraud Charges

Wednesday, 03 Jun 2009 12:31 PM

By Dave Eberhart

ACORN officials are denying that they ever used quotas and are telling authorities that they pointed out the fraudulent names and addresses on voter registration cards that resulted in criminal charges being mounted against former employees, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Taking the offensive with a new PR blitz as criminal court hearings loom for its employees facing charges, ACORN argued that any evidence of voter registration fraud was pro-actively uncovered by the organization’s own crack internal quality control system, according to the Pittsburg Tribune-Review.

Ian Phillips, state coordinator for ACORN, told reporters that the organization turned over 216 suspect voter registration cards to county officials last year. That key evidence resulted in seven canvassers being charged with violating election laws in Pittsburgh.

“We fully cooperated. We basically sent them 216 'kick me' cards,” Phillips said in an interview with the Tribune Review.

Five of the former ACORN employees confronted preliminary hearings on charges including forgery and illegally working under a quota system, District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said. He added that evidence apparently shows that workers had to collect 20 registrations a day to get paid during ACORN’s massive get-out-the-vote effort last year.

Zappala announced last month that he was convinced there was a quota system in place, a violation of state law. “We’re comfortable from the evidence that we can show there was a quota system,” he said.

But Phillips rejoined that ACORN was the victim of employees who simply wanted to get paid for work they didn’t do. He added that all employees had undergone training and were advised that they would be prosecuted if involved in any fraudulent activity.

He also said that ACORN had in place no quota system where employees were required to turn in 20 or more voter registration cards each day.

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