Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys, including Quarterback Tony Romo, were names that ACORN workers attempted to register to vote during the 2008 presidential election.
The ensuing outrage sparked a voter registration fraud scandal that helped lead to the activist group’s demise, and put new focus on the integrity of third-party voter registration efforts during Presidential elections.
Now, four years later, the name: John Adolf Hitler, was one of those turned in on a voter registration form collected by another group in Cincinnati, according to the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
“It’s certainly not a joke. In Ohio, that kind of activity is a felony,” says Alex Triantafilou, an Elections Board member who also serves as the Chairman of the county’s Republican party.
“Any person who would engage in that kind of conduct with something as serious to our democracy as voting, is highly irresponsible and potentially criminal…We have someone doctoring registrations, and the next step would be a serious move toward fraudulent voting. We are worried about it.”
The listing, “Adolf Hitler, John…666 Heltz…la,” puts his supposed residence in Los Angeles.
It was part of a batch of roughly 200 voter registrations that election officials say were flagged as possibly fraudulent, forged, or duplicated by the group that collected them, FieldWorks, a private Washington, D.C. based firm.
FieldWorks, says it works largely with Democratic candidates, causes and progressive organizations collecting signatures for voter registration or ballot initiatives across the country.
“We have a zero tolerance for fraud,” FieldWorks co-owner Chris Galloway told Fox News, defending his firm.
“Not only is the employee committing fraud, but he is stealing from us.”
The case echoes multiple voter registration fraud allegations against the now defunct community-organizing group ACORN, and FieldWorks says it has fired two workers in Cincinnati whom they suspect may have been forging cards.
Galloway told Fox News that it was his firm that first brought the registration of ” Hitler” to the attention of election authorities.
“I like to think that we do a lot of good work,” Galloway told us. “A lot of people have gotten a black eye. We’ve seen the stories out of Florida, on ACORN…we want to make these operations, which in the past have not been great, to focus on quality control.”
He says the firm scrutinizes every voter registration form that it turned in to election boards, and even gives canvassers GPS cell phones to ensure that they “are not at their home forging applications.”
ACORN workers had admitted they did just that.
Gathering signatures was too difficult, said one ACORN worker in Seattle, so he went home and filled out the forms while he “smoked marijuana.”