PAGOP Announces Lawsuit against ACORN/PA Secretary of Commonwealth
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October 17, 2008
HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Robert A. Gleason, Jr. today announced our Party’s lawsuit against the Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and their subsidiaries.
Chairman Gleason was joined at a press conference by former Supreme Court Justice and PAGOP Fair Elections Task Force Chair Sandra Newman, Vice-Chair Joyce Haas and other concerned Pennsylvanians as they expressed their concerns that our Commonwealth may not be able to have an open, honest and fair election this November 4th.
“With the election being only a couple of weeks away and with more and more incidents of voter fraud coming to light, we don’t believe that we can trust the results of this election,” Gleason said. “Today, our Party is announcing that in an effort to protect the sanctity of our electoral process, we have filed a complaint against the Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes, ACORN and its subsidiaries.”
“ACORN’s fraudulent activities threaten to dilute the votes of millions of Pennsylvania voters by allowing unqualified individuals to cast ballots and again undermine the voters’ confidence in the electoral process in the upcoming election,” Justice Newman added. “The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is seeking to obtain relief necessary to ensure that the 2008 General Election is fair, open and honest manner in order to preserve the ability of qualified Pennsylvanians to cast votes.”
Another plaintiff listed on the complaint was Craig Williams, who is a candidate in the 7th Congressional district and a former Federal prosecutor. Williams released the following statement in support of the lawsuit: "Voter fraud is a crime against democracy and violates a critical tenet of our system of government: one person, one vote."