Madison Workers registering Milwaukee voters for a liberal group turned in hundreds of fabricated forms and many more that were incomplete, raising fears among Republican Party leaders of fraud at the polls.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now fired about a dozen canvassers and alerted Milwuakee's election commission to most of the problematic forms. The election commission's director, Sue Edman, said the workers lost their ability to register voters, and the commission is making sure no incomplete or fabricated forms are entered into the voter database.
Six canvassers have been referred to the district attorney's office for potential criminal charges, she said.
The news unnerved Republican Party leaders who believe widespread fraud in the 2004 election may have handed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry a narrow 11,000-vote victory and fear they will see a replay in 2008."I'm glad it was caught in this case. But it was probably the tip of the iceberg," Republican Party executive director Mark Jefferson said.
The group, known as ACORN, describes itself as the nation's largest grass-roots community organization of low- and moderate-income people.
ACORN's state political director Carolyn Castore said the drive recently concluded when the group met its goal of registering 35,000 voters in Milwaukee in the biggest voter drive in Wisconsin this election cycle.
Why am I not surprised?