Friday, October 24, 2008

Citing History of ACORN Voter Fraud, Missouri Governor Sounds the Alarm

A pre-emptive strike and a warning to voters that they should be extremely suspicious about the fraud planned by Democrats come election day.

We've seen all sort of suspicious activity in Missouri over the years, notably in St. Louis and Kansas City, so expect to see plenty of Democrat chicanery, especially if they see the election slipping away and need to steal a couple of states.
Gov. Matt Blunt, who served as secretary of state during the last presidential election, today issued the following statement expressing concern about the integrity of the upcoming election in light of the investigation into voter registration fraud committed by the liberal group ACORN:

“As governor and as a former secretary of state, I am very concerned about the integrity of the upcoming election. I became secretary of state following the voter fraud that occurred in 2000 and issued a comprehensive report entitled ‘Mandate for Reform: Election Turmoil in St. Louis November 7, 2000, (PDF) which provided the framework for election reform in Missouri.

“Contrary to assertions that voter fraud has not occurred in Missouri, my report found that well over 1,000 improper ballots were cast in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Further my report found that there was in St. Louis an organized and successful effort to generate improper votes in large numbers.

“In response to the lessons of 2000 we enacted significant reforms that make it easier to vote and harder to cheat. We enabled the real time voter registration database to catch voters who might try to register in multiple jurisdictions, increased the canvassing of the voter registration rolls to ensure they are up to date, required voter registrations to be turned in within five business days from the date a person registered, required voters who register by mail to show up in person at least once before voting absentee, added two questions to the voter registration form including ‘Are you an American citizen?’ and ‘Will you be 18 before the next election?’ and many other changes to ensure fair, open and honest elections in Missouri. As a result, the 2002 election and the next presidential election in 2004 ran smoothly.

“In the aftermath of the 2006 election, 12 workers for ACORN were convicted of voter fraud in St. Louis and Kansas City. Now the FBI is investigating attempts by ACORN to commit voter registration fraud in Missouri and other states in this election. This is deeply troubling to me because these efforts to game the system with fraudulent registrations undermine public confidence in our election process. At least one Missouri official has attempted to downplay ACORN’s attempts to commit fraud as insignificant. I strongly disagree. The only reason for someone to commit voter registration fraud is to attempt to commit voter fraud.
Read the whole thing. Governor Blunt is someone I'd like to see run for higher office in the future. He's not afraid to tell it like it is.

H/T Jon.

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