Sky News Online
October 8, 2008
Eleven separate investigations have now been launched into a voter registration group called the Association of Community Organisations for Reform â€“ or Acorn.
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The authorities believe they may have duplicated voter forms, employed convicts to register people and even stolen the names of the American football team the Dallas Cowboys in order to create fake voters.
The suspicions started when authorities in Las Vegas raided the organisation’s offices, removing eight computer hard drives and several boxes of documents.
Acorn called the raid “a stunt that serves no useful purpose other than discredit our work”.
They suggested the investigations into them were politically motivated.
But the concerns about dodgy election papers started to spread to other states.
Authorities in Indiana said they had concerns about roughly a thousand voters registered by the group there.
And Fox News reporters in the state of Missouri found 10 registration documents with the same name and signature.
Acorn has registered up to 1.3 million voters across the US so far.