Inmates used for voter registration
October 15, 2008
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Nevada Prisons director Howard Skolnik was grilled at a meeting of the prison board over charges that 59 inmates worked to register voters for the group ACORN. Secretary of State Ross Miller demanded to know how this could have possibly happened.
Choices Group, Inc
Skolnik explained it as an error with his staff and the contractor who helps find jobs for inmates, Choices Group, Inc. They did not find out what ACORN would actually be having the inmates do, but believed they would be conducting surveys.
Miller stated, "This appears to be a case of either a lack of oversight or very poor judgment. This has implications not only for our electoral process, but also the public safety implications of allowing convicted felons to work in an environment that's clearly contrary to the statutory guidelines. The idea of having people who have been convicted of identity theft or related crimes being paid to collect personal information from private citizens is beyond belief."
Under Nevada law, inmates are forbidden from doing any work where they would "acquire, review, use or have control over or access to personal information concerning any person who is not incarcerated."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Reno Gazette-Journal "Firm in vote fraud probe used Nevada prison inmates," Oct 15, 2008
- ↑ Nevada Appeal "Prison director Skolnik under fire," October 15, 2008