Open Thread - NV ACORN Office Raided

I just wanted to get this out there.......it really shocked me.

ACORN Nevada Office Raided

Nevada state officials on Tuesday morning raided the Las Vegas office of ACORN as part of an investigation into alleged voter fraud by the organization which conducts voter registration drives nationally in its work with low-income communities.

About seven agents from the offices of the Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General served a search warrant and removed boxes and computers after being admitted by the landlord, said Bob Walsh, spokesman for Secretary of State Ross Miller. No ACORN staff was present during the raid, he said. Walsh would not describe what prompted the search.......

So what are they afraid of..............?

Note too, that Bodgen (U.S.Attorney for the Nevada District) was one of the Gonzales Seven (well, eight or more) that the Bush Administration, through the services of Atty General Alberto Gonzales, fired. Without him at the helm, perhaps that paved the way for the Nevada US Attorney's office to participate in the raid.

In July, the two Nevada state agencies involved in the raid, along with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office for Nevada, formed a task force to target voter registration and election fraud and complaints over voter registration practices, potential voter fraud, and enforcement of laws regarding voter intimidation. The federal agents were not part of Tuesday's search, Walsh said.

bolding for emphasis.

Update from the comments, ACORN issues a press release,
the full text of which can be found HERE. However, note the bolded statements for emphasis in the paragraphs from the press release copied below:

"On September 23, ACORN had received a subpoena dated September 19th requesting information on 15 employees, all of whom had been included in the packages we had previously submitted to election officials. ACORN provided our personnel records on these 15 employees on September 29.

"Today's raid by the Secretary of State's Office is a stunt that serves no useful purpose other than to discredit our work registering Nevadans and distracting us from the important work ahead of getting every eligible voter to the polls."

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That is frightening.

What happens to any registrations that they had collected, but not turned in? Does that mean all those people think they are registered, but are not?

Do we know what was in the materials they confiscated?

Whoa. Whoa.

ACORN's Las Vegas office, Walsh said, registers voters mainly in Clark County.

Why was this particular county singled out....demographics?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Nevada

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,375,765 people, 512,253 households, and 339,623 families residing in the county. The population density was 174 people per square mile (67/km²). There were 559,799 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (27/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.58% white, 10.18% black or African American, 7.27% Asian, 0.79% Native American, 8.61% from other races, and 4.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.96% of the population.

every presidential election.

a little more information......

Houston Chronicle

Nevada authorities seized records Tuesday from a group they accused of submitting fraudulent voter-registration forms — including for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys.

"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," said Secretary of State Ross Miller, referring to star players on the pro football team.

And some statistics:

.....ACORN had turned in 46 problem applications submitted by 33 former employees to election officials in the Las Vegas area, where it has registered 80,000 people.

According to its national Web site, the group has registered 1.3 million people nationwide for the Nov. 4 election. It has encountered complaints of fraud stemming from registration efforts in Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Mexico, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri.

The full text can be found HERE -- but here's the key graph:

"On September 23, ACORN had received a subpoena dated September 19th requesting information on 15 employees, all of whom had been included in the packages we had previously submitted to election officials. ACORN provided our personnel records on these 15 employees on September 29.

"Today's raid by the Secretary of State's Office is a stunt that serves no useful purpose other than to discredit our work registering Nevadans and distracting us from the important work ahead of getting every eligible voter to the polls."

I feel really bad that even if there is no confirmed news it is any way will be bad to have a raid there.

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