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Registration Ruckus in Florida

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Their mission was to register voters. Monday, they're getting sued for reportedly failing that mission.

The group ACORN is accused of never sending in the voter registration forms, and a south Florida attorney says he has 11 clients who were denied the right to vote as a result and thinks there may be hundreds more.

These University of Tampa students found out Election Day the forms they filled out during a voter registration drive didn’t make it to their elections supervisor’s office.

Adrienne Krum of the University of Tampa says, "I’m not on the list, so apparently she never sent them in."

She’s not alone. The group ACORN conducted voter registration drives across Florida. Now, they’re under investigation for not turning in all the paperwork.

Stuart Rosenfeldt represents 11 people in Miami-Dade and Orange County who learned too late that they were never registered after they thought they’d signed up with ACORN.

Attorney Stuart Rosenfeldt says, “They lost their most precious right because ACORN told them they were going to register them. ACORN had the right to register them under the law and ACORN simply didn’t do it. "

ACORN wasn’t available to talk on camera about the lawsuit, but they did e-mail a statement saying they want to make sure everyone who’s eligible to vote is able to do so, and they condemn any and all attempts to prevent Florida citizens from voting.

ACORN blames the paperwork problems on a dishonest employee who was fired months ago, but the problem may be bigger than ACORN.

Leon County’s elections supervisor received 3,000 apparently altered copies of voter registration forms instead of the originals, and he has no idea where they came from.

The whole controversy makes state Rep. Curtis Richardson think laws need to be tightened.

Rep. Curtis Richardson says, "We don’t want people feeling that we’re letting any fly-by-night group come into Florida and register voters and there’s no accountability."

In the meantime, attorneys are looking for more victims of the voter registration scam to push for a class action lawsuit. Attorney Stuart Rosenfeldt says he’ll sue ACORN for punitive damages, and he thinks $100,000 per disenfranchised voter is a fair dollar amount.


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