Challenging the Vote
In this Oct. 7, 2008 file photo, an investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Oct. 7, 2008. (AP)

John McCain put the pedal to the metal on election fraud rhetoric in the last presidential debate, charging that liberal get-out-the-vote group ACORN “may be perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history.”

Sounds bad. One of my guests today, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., says the bad news is mainly on the other side of the ledger — that GOP operatives are dead set on vote suppression and pulling every string to deny millions the ballot.

How bad is it, really? We’ll ask. The integrity of the vote itself is a deeply serious issue, and a politcal football.

Up next On Point: The American vote, and the challenges it’s facing next Tuesday, November 4th.

You can join the conversation. Are you confident, confident enough, with America’s registration and voting process?


From Washington, we’re joined by John Fund, a political journalist and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He’s the author of “Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens our Democracy,” originally published in 2004 and revised and updated for 2008. His recent New York Post op-ed warned of the potential for voter fraud.

With us from White Plains, N.Y., is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. A lawyer and activist, he’s the chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, a New York environmental organization, and co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. He is co-author of the article “Block the Vote” in the October 30 issue of Rolling Stone.

And joining us from New York is Nathaniel Persily, a professor of law at Columbia University. He is founder and director of Columbia Law School’s Center on Law and Politics.

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