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October 14, 2004

Voter fraud chutzpah

The Washington Times reports on allegations of fraud in registering voters in Colorado and other states. One new voter registered about 35 times "after coming under pressure from registration gatherers." But that doesn't get the chutzpah award. What gets the award is a comment from Jim Fleischmann, western regional director of ACORN, one of the groups in the registration drive.

A number of the voter-registration groups tilt politically to the left, such as the Colorado Progressive Coalition and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which describes itself as "community organization of low- and moderate-income families" that works closely with labor unions.

Jim Fleischmann, ACORN Western regional director, said he was cooperating with Denver authorities to track down several hundred fraudulent applications collected by the organization, but he downplayed the severity of the problem.

"Registration fraud is different than voter fraud. Just because you register someone 35 times doesn't mean they get to vote 35 times. They can only vote once," he said. "The local press is having a feeding frenzy on this."

But that's precisely the question that remains: Can they vote only once?