Where else is the fraud?

October 28, 2008
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Why does it always have to be Lake County? It’s election time, so once again, there are allegations flying that shenanigans are going on in Northern Indiana.

Voter fraud is a big deal. If it isn’t caught, it can damage and taint election results. If it is caught, it calls into question other legitimate voters’ ballots or registrations.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is crying fraud up in Lake County, alleging 1,438 fraudulent voter applications have been submitted to the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration. Rokita wrote a letter, providing stats and data to show the probability of fraudulent voter registration, and sent it to the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Indiana, the Lake County prosecutor, FBI, and Attorney General Steve Carter. In the letter, it appears he links these fraudulent submissions to ACORN, which is in hot water all over the country for allegedly faking voter registration applications.

While I could go on about Lake County and its history of proven or alleged election fraud, what about the rest Indiana? I haven’t heard anyone cry foul over voter registrations in any other part of the state.

ACORN targets lower and moderate income and minority residents when registering voters. There are numerous counties in Indiana that have diverse populations like Lake County. Why aren’t we hearing these allegations in Marion, Allen, Vanderburgh, St. Joseph, Monroe, or other counties? I’m sure ACORN or other voter registration groups were out trying to register people in those counties, too.

Are officials hyper-vigilant in their watching of Lake County, not digging hard enough to find evidence of voter fraud in other counties, or is it really just an isolated problem?
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