Ohio Man Registered To Vote 72 Times By ACORN-Reported to be Truth!

Ohio Man Registered To Vote 72 Times By ACORN – Reported To Be Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

An eRumor about a New York Post report that ACORN activists have been bribing an Ohio man named Freddie Johnson with cash and cigarettes to fill out voter registration forms.   Johnson claims he registered to vote 72 times over an 18 month period.
 

The Truth:

The New York Post article was published on October 10, 2008 saying that an Ohio man named Freddie Johnson who claimed that “he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive”  activists from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) “in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.”

The article also said that “ACORN is under investigation in Ohio and at least eight other states – including Missouri, where the FBI said it’s planning to look into potential voter fraud – for over-the-top efforts to get as many names as possible on the voter rolls regardless of whether a person is registered or eligible.”

ACORN bills itself as a non-partisan organization that “empowers low and moderate  income families by assisting them to gain better housing as first time homebuyers and tenants.

 The group’s political arm officially announced its endorsement of  Senator Barack Obama for President in February of 2008.  According to its web site, the community-based organization has helped more than 1.7 million low- and moderate-income and minority citizens apply to register to vote since 2004.

ACORN is under investigation in Ohio and at least eight other states – including Missouri, where the FBI said it’s planning to look into potential voter fraud – for “over-the-top” efforts to get as many names as possible on the voter rolls regardless of whether a person is eligible.

Click here for NY Post article

Click for ACORN statement

updated 10/13/08