No, ACORN has not been sent to prison; I guess that comes later. In fact, they’ve gone willingly, and they’ve brought their clipboards with them.
An investigative report in Minnesota has found that ACORN workers went to prisons in an effort to add the wards of the state therein to the voting rolls. (Link via Hot Air; click through for interesting video.) Needless to say, Minnesota law forbids voting by convicted felons, let alone by those still serving out their sentences.
How convinced do you have to be of your own safety from the reach of the law in order to send your voter-registration apparatus into a place where you are virtually guaranteed to find nothing but throngs of the ineligible?
(I’m waiting for an ACORN spokesman to explain that they weren’t actually targeting the felons in Minnesota’s prison system. I’m laying odds that ACORN comes out and accuses America’s right wing of actively seeking to disenfranchise Minnesota’s prison catering community. Let the Ladle Guys Vote!)
Suspicion arose when ACORN claimed a malfunctioning scanner forced them to turn in a huge batch of registration cards after the submission deadline. (The cards were all successfully processed.)
The lateness in itself isn’t cause for considering criminal charges; from what I can see, the prosecutor’s office is hesitating to buy ACORN’s “malfunctioning scanner” excuse. They suspect the intent was to delay submission until the last minute so as to overwhelm the election office’s screening capacity.
The prosecutor’s office hasn’t gone into great detail, but they have commented that if criminal charges are sought, they will likely be targeting individuals rather than ACORN as an organization. No telling whether “individuals” means field operatives (the clipboard guys) or ACORN officers or managers.