Deidra Humphrey, 44, of East St. Louis, has been indicted to appear in U.S. District Court in St. Louis this week.
Humphrey is accused of submitting forged and false voter registration cards for the Nov. 8 general election — including forging cards for nursing home residents — U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said Monday.
Humphrey worked for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition (ProVote), not-for-profit organizations active during campaign seasons in registering low-income and minority voters.
ACORN was the target of criticism from Republicans and Libertarians who expressed concern the group was intentionally submitting flawed and/or blatantly bogus voter registration cards in key swing states. These thousands of bunk registration cards flooded local offices, making the verification of registrants much harder and time consuming on local officials and may have, in a worse case scenario, clogged the system until it was incapable of performing their duties on actual legitimate registration cards.
Republicans, Libertarians and Republican presidential nominee John McCain attacked Democrat Barack Obama for his previous affiliation to the group, which included his representing it in a 1995 lawsuit.
This is not ACORN's first run in with this sort of thing. ACORN workers have been tied to voter registration problems all over the country. In 2007, eight ACORN workers were indicted in St. Louis for fraudulent registration cards submitted for the previous year's general election. Former ACORN workers have been convicted of voter registration fraud in Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.