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Former ACORN Worker Sentenced in Election Fraud Case


MILWAUKEEAttorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Milwaukee man convicted of election fraud arising out of the November 4, 2008, Presidential Election was sentenced today to serve 10 months incarceration for his part in a scheme to submit fraudulent voter registration applications. Kevin Clancy was charged with one count of Falsely Procuring Voter Registration as Party to a Crime by the Election Fraud Task Force, a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and the Milwaukee Police Department.


Clancy served as a Special Registration Deputy (“SRD”) for the City of Milwaukee in advance of the 2008 Presidential Election. He worked for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (“ACORN”). By pleading guilty in this case, Clancy admitted to submitting multiple voter registration applications for the same individuals, and also being part of a scheme in which he and other SRDs registered each other to vote multiple times in order to meet voter registration quotas imposed by ACORN.


Clancy faced a maximum penalty of up to 3½ years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. In ordering Clancy's sentence in this case to run consecutive to another sentence he is serving in prison for armed robbery, Judge Richard Sankovitz pointed to the overall impact Clancy's crime had on eroding the confidence of voters in the electoral system. Clancy's co-defendant and former coworker, Maria Miles, pleaded guilty to a similar charge and is scheduled for sentencing December 6, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.


Prior to the November 2008 election, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced the creation of the Election Fraud Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional action team that evaluates, investigates and prosecutes complaints of electoral fraud. The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office work cooperatively with local law enforcement and the Milwaukee Police Department as needed when investigation is required.


Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the State.