From: The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Well, here they go again. Like the election-time plethora of political punditry touting one candidate or issue over another, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, is back in the news with the usual stories about fraudulent activities.
It is time to put a stop to ACORN’s (or any other group’s) voter fraud. We need a national law banning solicitation of voter registrations. If a person is ignorant of the registration process or just doesn’t care enough to take the time to register to vote, I don’t want him or her on the list of eligible voters just because some solicitor knocked on his door or stopped her on the street or, worse, copied a name and address out of the phone book and forged the signature.
Even ACORN officials admit they have little control over the process. In a Plain Dealer article Wednesday, “Kris Harsh, ACORN’s head Cleveland organizer, blamed the elections board for not scrutinizing ACORN’s suspicious cards. He said the group can’t be expected to catch everything.”
Since the elections board may miss what ACORN admits it can’t catch, then just prohibit the whole process. Elections are too critical to the well-being of this nation to be polluted by fraud for funds.
William M. Niro, Brunswick Hills
Here are a few numbers to consider: The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the 2006 Cuyahoga County population count was 1,314,241, a 5.7 percent dropoff from the 2000 census. The census also reports that 30.7 percent of the population is under the age of 18. That leaves about 910,000 voting-age adults. The number of eligible voters is even lower, if you subtract illegal aliens.
But ACORN’s Cleveland spokesman reports collecting 100,000 voter registration cards, according to the New York Post! How?
Are we really to believe that ACORN not only found but registered 100,000 legitimate, previously unregistered Cuyahoga County voters? It’s prima facie fraud.
This is what Barack Obama did as a “community organizer.”
Terrence Martau, Lakewood
October 13, 2008
Ohio’s Fraternal Order of Police will come out today for Republican presidential candidate John McCain at press conferences in Cleveland and Columbus. The organization represents more than 24,000 police officers and backed President Bush in 2004. While its hardly going to shift the dynamic in the Ohio race, the effort is one of almost daily events planned by the campaign to keep McCain in front of voters.
It’s a safe bet that at today’s events, police officials will attack Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over his loose ties to Bill Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago who belonged to the radical antiwar group, Weather Underground, which advocated violence and placed bombs at police stations and the Capitol.
The McCain’s press release about the FOP hints to it. Law enforcement officials will “discuss Barack Obama’s unwillingness to speak truthfully about some of his troubling associations,” it says.
UPDATE: The FOP endorsed McCain last month with overwhelming support from its members. Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby, a former police officer of 19 years, and Ohio FOP president Nick DiMarco, blasted Obama Monday for his positions on everything from drug and pornography to sentencing laws. They did indeed raise Ayers’ ties to Obama and called for Obama to more fully explain the relationship, the same line of attack pushed last week by both McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin.
Hruby also used the event to join the GOP’s attack on Obama for his ties to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which has submitted fraudulent voter registration cards to election boards, including Cuyahoga County’s.