Campaign emails from Jack Markell’s campaign have stated that Markell has been endorsed by ACORN (although on his web site it’s identified as an endorsement by ACORN’s PAC). Doesn’t it bother the Markell campaign that ACORN has been involved in voter fraud? ACORN has caused problems in Missouri, Washington State, and Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reports this week:
Several municipal clerks across the state are reporting fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications, most of them from a nationwide community activist group working to help low- and moderate-income families.
The majority of the problem applications are coming from the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has a large voter registration program among its many social service programs. ACORN’s Michigan branch, based in Detroit, has enrolled 200,000 voters statewide in recent months, mostly with the use of paid, part-time employees.
“There appears to be a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications,” said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office. “And it appears to be widespread.”
Chesney said her office has had discussions with ACORN officials after local clerks reported the questionable applications to the state. Chesney said some of the applications are duplicates and some appear to be names that have been made up. The Secretary of State’s Office has turned over several of the applications to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
If I were working on Markell’s campaign, I wouldn’t talk about their endorsement a whole lot. Let’s pray that this type of activity never happens in Delaware.