Friday, October 24, 2008

Oops -ACORN Admits 1 in 3 Registrations Fraudulent

The executive director of Project Vote, an affiliate of ACORN, has announced the number of new registrations the organization has been lauding was vastly overstated. On Oct. 6th, ACORN began announcing that they registered over 1.3 million new voters. Today they are revising that number to 400,000.

The reason for the downgrade was that nearly 1 in 3 of the registrations submitted by the controversial organization were determined to be fraudulent by election officials. The remaining third were already registered voters who just updated their information.

This announcement may throw a monkey wrench into presidential election polls that have shown Obam up by as much as 10 points. Most major polls revised their poll weighting based on this vastly overstated estimate of new registrants. We can likely expect Obama's polling numbers to drop significantly as pollsters revise their procedures to account for the decreased number of registrations.

The announcement may have come too late to repair the damage. The false number of new registrants the media has been repeating over and over for the past several weeks presumably has worked to disenfranchise Republican voters. Over the next twelve days we'll see if the media works as hard to correct the mistake as they did promoting the inaccurate total number of new registrants.

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