Elections board testimony: ACORN pestered me into registering multiple times
Posted by rrutti October 13, 2008 11:54AM
Two Cleveland men who each signed multiple registration cards as part of a national voter registration drive told the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections today they did so to help ACORN canvassers keep their jobs.
One of the men said he was sometimes offered a cigarette or a dollar bill by workers with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
“They would come up with a sob story when they needed a signature,” said Freddie Johnson.
The other man, who came to the board wearing a Domino’s pizza delivery shirt, said he would tell ACORN workers who approached him while he was reading on Public Square that he already was registered. But the workers would persist.
“They’d just keep saying I could help them hold onto a job,” said Christopher Barkley.
Cuyahoga board of elections members learned recently that many ACORN canvassers had quotas and often had to scramble to meet them. Board employees had flagged a number of registration cards handed in by ACORN that showed the same names, but with different addresses or birth dates.
After testifying, both men were led to a private office and were interviewed by Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies. The board decided during its meeting that it would turn over the ACORN investigation to the sheriff and county prosecutor’s office.
A sheriff’s deputy said neither Johnson nor Barkley have been charged with a crime, but could be used as witnesses later.
ACORN has been under fire in several states for possible fraudulent voter registration activities.
The board subpoenaed two other people for today’s meeting. One could not be found. The other did not show up.bankert says…
donnaandstan: are you thinking the more you post, the smarter you sound? Didn’t work! Take it easy on the keys, will you?