ACORN officials not alerted to possible fraud
By Maria Hickey, KWMU
St. Louis, MO. – Representatives with ACORN say they're surprised the St. Louis Board of Elections did not bring up allegations of voter fraud in a meeting Tuesday.
Election board officials say they've found nearly 1,500 potentially fraudulent voter registration cards gathered by ACORN workers.
ACORN communications director Kevin Whelan says the group's election attorney met with election officials yesterday, but no one mentioned fraud.
"He also asked if there were any problems and were told 'no'. So if there are any problems we absolutely want to know about them," Whelan said.
Elections Director Scott Leiendecker says the meeting yesterday was to specifically address how registration cards should be filled out; not fraud.
"We didn't discuss that issue because I didn't think it was appropriate at the time because we still have a lot to go through," he said.
Leiendecker says it will be at least two weeks before his office goes through all the voter registration cards. He says those that are possibly fraudulent will be turned over to federal authorities.
ACORN officials say if any worker is discovered doing something improper, they'll be dismissed.