Former Milwaukee ACORN employee Kevin L. Clancy (pictured above) was convicted of election fraud a few days ago. Clancy’s conviction brings the total number of convictions for former ACORN workers to at least fifteen so far in 2010.
Clancy entered a guilty plea to playing a part “in a scheme to submit fraudulent voter registration applications,” said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. Clancy acknowledged submitting multiple voter registration applications for the same persons and registering himself and other voter registration canvassers to vote repeatedly while employed at ACORN during the 2008 election cycle.
Clancy earned himself a ten-month stay in the hoosegow for his crime, but it will be a while before he serves that sentence: Clancy’s voter fraud sentence won’t even get underway until he finishes a separate jail term he is currently serving for armed robbery.
“The integrity of elections is dependent upon citizens and officials insisting they be conducted lawfully,” Van Hollen said. “Wisconsin’s citizens should not have to wonder whether their vote has been negated or diminished by illegally cast ballots.”
Van Hollen, by the way, is one of the very few Republican office holders to bring charges against ACORN operatives. Republicans have generally shied away from going after ACORN and its workers in court because they cannot bear being falsely accused of being racists by left-wing activists. Democrats tend to be more aggressive in prosecuting ACORN. This is ironic given that ACORN only helps Democrats during election season. Maybe it’s an only-Nixon-could-go-to-China thing.
Charges in Nevada that have resulted in two convictions over the last year and a half were brought by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat. Charges leading to several convictions in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, were brought by District Attorney Stephen Zappala, a Democrat. Charges leading to a mountain of convictions in Miami-Dade County, Florida, were brought by State’s Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, also a Democrat.
So far 2010 has been a great year for ACORN election fraud prosecutions.
In Wisconsin, two other former ACORN workers were convicted of election fraud. In Washington state, one ex-ACORN employee was convicted of voter registration fraud. In Florida, another seven former ACORN canvassers were convicted of election-related improprieties. In Pennsylvania, three ex-workers for ACORN were also convicted.
The year’s not over yet. Charges remain pending right now against a slew of other former ACORN employees. The total number of convictions for this year to date, fifteen, may be too low. I probably missed a few convictions because they’re not easy to track down.
I’ll keep counting.
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