Really, it doesn’t. Pay no attention to any reports to the contrary:
Clifton Mitchell helped register nearly 2,000 voters for the community group ACORN. But not one of them actually existed.
I regret it. I paid the price for it,” he said.
Mitchell was convicted last year and spent nearly three months in prison. He’s one of the few ACORN workers convicted of voter registration fraud.
Today, he lives with his wife and two boys, ages 3 and 1, in a small apartment in suburban Seattle, Washington. Mitchell said he scammed the system because, “I needed money; I had to support my family and I was new to the area. It was the only job I had.”
Mitchell said ACORN threatened to close the office if he and his team didn’t meet their quota to register 13 to 20 voters a day. So, without consulting their supervisors, he said, they came up with a plan.
“We came up with the idea: Let’s make fraudulent cards. I tell my crew, ‘I don’t care how you get ’em, just get ’em,’ ” Mitchell recalled.
“Every day I’d go to the library and get a newspaper,” Mitchell said. “I had one guy who’d go to the phone book. Everyone had different methods.”
The secretary of state called it “the worst case of voter registration fraud in the history of the state of Washington.” ACORN was fined $25,000 and ordered to improve its oversight.
And of course, we don’t need to worry in the least about the possibility that more such fraud is going on thanks to ACORN’s quota demands.
Move along. Nothing to see here.