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LETTERS

October 05, 2008

Ignoring election fraud perpetrated by the left

I was appalled at the selective outrage of The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial about alleged voter intimidation ("Voter beware," Oct. 1). Conspicuously absent from the hard-hitting editorial was any reference to the electoral misconduct of the ultra-leftist Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, commonly known as ACORN.

Let's quickly review ACORN's recent history related to voter fraud: In July 2007, ACORN settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington state. Seven ACORN volunteers had submitted nearly 2,000 bogus voter registration forms.

Three ACORN hoaxers pleaded guilty to voter fraud last October. A King County, Wash., prosecutor called the group's behavior "an act of vandalism upon the voter rolls."

The group's activity in Washington state is not isolated. ACORN has been implicated in similar voter fraud schemes in 14 other states.

In March, Philadelphia elections officials accused the leftist pressure group of filing fraudulent voter registrations in advance of the April 22 Pennsylvania primary. The charges are pending before the city district attorney's office.

Why did The Baltimore Sun turn a blind eye to these facts, which have long been a part of the public record?

The Baltimore Sun loses credibility when its selective outrage reveals its liberal bias.

William J. Frank, Lutherville

The writer is a Republican member of the House of Delegates.

Right to vote remains even if home is lost

Dirty tricksters are violating Maryland law by spreading the lie that people who lose their home to foreclosure won't be allowed to vote ("Voter beware," Oct. 1).

The truth, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections' Web site, is this: "The fact that your home is in foreclosure has no bearing on your right to vote. ... If you have left your home and taken up a new residence, you will need to update your voter registration (by Oct. 14, 2008) and vote in the election district and precinct for your new residence."

And under legislation we introduced, the Voter's Rights Protection Act of 2005, it is a crime to use fraud to "influence or attempt to influence a voter's decision whether to go to the polls to cast a vote."

Lisa Gladden Sandy Rosenberg, Baltimore

The writers are, respectively, members of the state Senate and the House of Delegates.

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