Voter fraud update

It seems like there's something new everyday with this crowd.

Two developments in Ohio... First, the Democrat Secretary of State is appealing to the US Supreme Court a federal circuit court's ruling that she has to check recent registrants against ID records to see that they're legit... From the Plain Dealer:

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday sided with the Ohio Republican Party in its lawsuit against Brunner, telling her to cross-check the names of 666,000 new or updated voter registrations since Jan. 1 against a state driver's license database, and report the results to local elections boards. One in five of the newly registered voters lives in Democratic-rich Cuyahoga County.

Brunner said a cursory review found that about 200,000 of the 666,000 had provided a driver's license or Social Security number that does not match government records. That does not mean they committed fraud; they could have simply jotted down an incorrect digit, Republicans and Democrats agree.

200,000?? A 1/3 of all the forms that were turned in? Even accounting for mistakes, pens w/out enough ink or just idiocy, there's no way you account for this without massive fraud. And keep in mind that Bush only won Ohio in 2004 by about 110,000 votes.

The New York Times reports that Justice Stevens has first review of the appeal, (as he oversees the 6th circuit), which should be interesting...since he's the oldest guy on the court and the one most likely to be replaced by the next President.

Second, we've another group in Ohio, (VoteFromHome08.com), that is essentially providing "housing" for people who want to claim Ohio residency in order to vote there, as opposed to wherever other state they happen to live in. From the Columbus Dispatch:

...Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien confirmed that he is investigating alleged voter and registration fraud involving 13 newly registered voters who came to Columbus for a get-out-the-vote campaign and used the same address, a small East Side home. ...

The individuals apparently were in Columbus working for Vote From Home, a group working to increase young-voter turnout in Ohio and using the house as their base of operation, O'Brien said.

"None of the people who registered had prior contacts with Columbus and Franklin County," O'Brien said. "You must be a resident of the state of Ohio in order to register and cast a ballot, and that's the issue being examined - whether they were proper residents of Ohio."

Two of the individuals voted in person at Veteran's Memorial while a third returned a completed absentee ballot by mail, said Matt Damshroder, deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Another seven using the address requested absentee ballots by mail, but it is not yet clear if they have submitted them. Three others registered but did not request an absentee ballot or participate in early voting.

Election fraud is a fifth-degree felony with a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

When a reporter visited the three-bedroom, 1,175-square foot home, a middle-aged woman answered the door and immediately turned the conversation over to a younger woman, who declined to identify herself and would say only that she didn't believe the reports of potential voter fraud were accurate.

"Everyone who is registered to vote here is within the parameters of the law," she said, as the woman behind her shouted, "just shut the door." Then, the door closed.

And now comes the latest about ACORN, which is already under investigation in 14 states...this report from the AP informs us that the FBI is now investigating:

WASHINGTON - The FBI is investigating whether the community activist group ACORN helped foster voter registration fraud around the nation before the presidential election.

A senior law enforcement official confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on Thursday. A second senior law enforcement official says the FBI was looking at results of recent raids on ACORN offices in several states for any evidence of a coordinated national scam.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because regulations forbid discussing ongoing investigations particularly so close to an election.

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, says it has registered 1.3 million young people, minorities and poor and working-class voters — most of whom tend to be Democrats.

The DC Examiner calls for a RICO suit.

The heat is on.

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More at Michelle Malkin here and here - Hot Air - Marketwatch

(cross posted at Conservative Outpost)

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