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Wisconsin GOP House members ask State AG for investigation of ACORN; man charged

Wisconsin's three U.S. House Republicans have asked federal and state investigators to look into activities of ACORN.

That's the voter registration group accused of committing voter fraud in the Badger State and several others. Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan and Tom Petri sent letters Tuesday to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the state's two U.S. attorneys. They want an investigation into the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

In Milwaukee, officials said ACORN is one of two groups that sent false voter registration applications to the city's election office.

Officials said they caught the fake registrants before they could get onto Milwaukee's voter rolls.

ACORN says it has registered 1.3 million young, poor, minority and working-class voters nationwide.

However, some of those registrations have resulted in fraud investigations in at least nine states.

Man charged

Van Hollen announced Tuesday that Election Fraud Task Force was filing charges in its third electoral fraud case.

Frank Walton has been charged with the felony of falsely procuring voter registration, according to Van Hollen.

The Election Fraud Task Force was established with John Chisholm, Milwaukee district attorney, to investigate and prosecute matters of election fraud.

According to the criminal complaint, Walton served as a Special Registration Deputy for the City of Milwaukee and was paid by the Community Voters Project, a special interest group organized under the auspices of the Fund for the Public Interest. Walton is charged with submitting falsified voter registration forms between June 4 - 17, 2008.

"Electoral fraud is real," said Van Hollen. "As the complaint alleges, 54 voter registrations were falsified in this case alone. That in and of itself is a significant number."

Of the approximately 70 forms submitted by Walton, 54 of the forms contained information that proved to be false.

Some of those forms listed addresses that were vacant or commercial businesses. Of the 23 forms submitted with driver's license numbers, 17 of those were false. Of the 45 forms submitted by Walton with partial Social Security numbers, 40 of those were false and some forms had multiple pieces of false information, according to Van Hollen.