ACORN Illegally Used Prisoners To Canvas For Voter Registration Drives

There is very little coverage of what’s happening in Nevada – at least credible coverage. This case is about much more than just the ‘blackjack’ promo. According to Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, a democrat:

“They constantly say, look we just had a bad apple. We had a bad employee like most people do. Clearly, that’s not the case. This is an organization that came to Nevada – hired people that were still in prison, convicted of identity theft, that were on work release programs to go out and canvas these votes.”

“Wait – wait a minute – Hired people still in jail?”

“Correct. There’s a transitional housing facility, Casa Grande, down there. ACORN approached them and hired individuals that were still in prison. Some of them convicted of serious offenses – identity theft – a violation of State law, that these inmates should not have had contact with peoples personal information. Those were the individuals that were out canvassing people. So, it’s no surprise then that many of the forms those individuals turned in would be fraudulent.”

Note: 47% of forms turned in by ACORN in Nevada turned out to be fraudulent.

A little background on Casa Grande:

Casa Grande is NDOC’s Southern Nevada Re-entry Transition Center in the industrial section of Las Vegas, west of Interstate 15. It opens in December 2005 and will house up to 400 non-violent offenders (no sex offenders) in a dorm-like setting, during their last four to six months of incarceration, enabling them to live in the community and get jobs and take other steps to set up their release. Assistance in employment, family counseling, educational goals and other services will be provided at Casa Grande.

Yes, they are still prisoners during the 4-6 months they spend at Casa Grande. They have not been released, not on parole, not on probation – they are prisoners – and ACORN knew it. ACORN had to work with the Nevada Department of Corrections to secure these employees.

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