Ohio county seeks fraud investigation of ACORN

CLEVELAND (AP) - Election officials in swing state Ohio's most populous county have asked the prosecutor to investigate alleged voter registration fraud by an advocacy group under fire in other states.

The bipartisan Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland voted unanimously Monday to ask Prosecutor Bill Mason to investigate multiple registrations by four people. They signed forms at the behest of a community organizing group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform, known as ACORN .

One of the new voters, 19-year-old Freddie Johnson of Cleveland, says he signed 73 voter registration forms over a five-month period. Johnson says he was trying to help paid ACORN solicitors collect signed registrations.

ACORN's state director, Katy Gall, says ACORN is cooperating with the investigation and would fire anyone soliciting duplicate registrations.

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