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Republicans raise specter of voter fraud

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The McCain campaign claims that voter fraud could wreak havoc during the upcoming November elections.

Specifically, Republicans are accusing the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also known as ACORN', of intentionally clogging the system with fraudulent registrations.

Former Missouri Senator Jack Danforth is working with the McCain campaign to identify potential problem areas.

"We are concerned that ACORN has been connected with Senator Obama, that he has ties to it," claims Danforth. "He directed something called 'Project Vote', he taught classes for future leaders that are identified by ACORN."

ACORN was investigated in 2006 for submitting roughly 1500 false voter registrations in St. Louis

Justin Hamilton of the Obama campaign in Missouri counters that Republicans are simply responding to a groundswell of Democratic support across the country.

"What you're finding is, the McCain Campaign is seeing the number of people we've been able to register in this state, they haven't even come close to our numbers, largely because they're trying to run their campaign in Missouri out of Iowa."

Absentee voting for the 2008 elections begins on Tuesday.

According to the Missouri Secretary of State, instances of in-person voter fraud occurring at polling places have been extremely rare.

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