Louisiana GOP worries about ACORN, Dems worry about GOP
October 20, 2008
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State party officials wary of voter tampering
While Louisiana State party officials on both sides of the election are worried about possible voter fraud, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne has vowed to keep an a close eye to ensure a fair and clean election.
The Louisiana GOP is concerned about registration efforts in Caddo Parish by the organization Voting Is Power. The group is accused of turning in unverifiable voter registration applications. "We sent out a press release in June calling for an investigation only to find out the Secretary of State already had (started one),” Louisiana Republican Party spokesman Aaron Baer said. Due to the recent allegations of pay-per-voter fraud against ACORN in Nevada, Baer said it's a concern in Louisiana because it is “certainly possible they’re doing those here, although I don’t know any instances of that.”
Democratic party officials are worried attempts to block voters at the polls in other states could be repeated in Louisiana. In Michigan, Republicans were reported to back an effort to challenge voters at precincts if their names were on a foreclosure list, arguing they could not claim residency at a home they did not rightfully own. On October 8, The New York Times reported that “tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law.” The article reported Louisiana had dropped at least 18,000 people from the rolls between July 23 and Aug. 27, and in doing so violated a federal guideline that says voters cannot be removed within 90 days of a federal election.