ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe
October 7, 2008
LAS VEGAS ” Nevada authorities on Tuesday raided the Las Vegas headquarters of a community organization that works to get low-income people to vote, seeking documents and records in an ongoing voter fraud investigation.
Secretary of State Ross Miller said fraudulent registrations submitted by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now included registration forms for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team.
“Tony Romo is not registered to vote in the state of Nevada, and anybody trying to pose as Terrell Owens won’t be able to cast a ballot on Nov. 4,” Miller said.
Miller said other voter registration forms used false names or information, or had duplicated information on multiple forms.
Charles D. Jackson, a New Orleans-based spokesman for the group also known as ACORN, declined immediate comment to The Associated Press.
State authorities descended on the ACORN headquarters about 9:30 a.m. with a search warrant and were allowed into the small strip mall office by a landlord, secretary of state spokesman Bob Walsh said. The offices were not staffed when authorities arrived.
Neither the group, which hires canvassers to register voters, nor any employees have been charged or arrested for fraud or other crimes, said Miller, a Democrat.
The raid comes two months after state and federal authorities formed a task force to pursue election-fraud allegations in Nevada.