I really think this issue is being blown out of proportion. In-person voter fraud doesn't happen enough to influence the outcome of elections, so I don't think we need to worry about that.
ACORN hired some unscrupulous people to register voters-- that's true. These people paid teenagers in cigarettes to register dozens of times in a few instances, also true. It's obvious they should have either employed better people or not had a quota on registrations. They should have paid them by the hour and supervised them, or something.
There already are checks in place to ensure that the same person doesn't vote twice in person. The only thing left is to make sure that absentee voters are real people, and I do agree we should do that. Now that Ohio requires an ID and proof of address to vote, that shouldn't be very hard.
What I don't care about is made-up people who don't know they're registered and aren't voting. The only real danger here should be that the new registrations numbers are inflated, and who cares.
People register in duplicate all the time, they don't remember they already have, they change their address and then forget and do it again at the DMV, they think you have to 'renew' it. They don't, and can't, vote twice.
So the problem here is absentee ballots. In most counties, these do not get counted until after the results are in, and then they only matter if it is a close election. Or they get counted way ahead of time for the ones sent in early, in which case there is plenty of time to doublecheck-- which again I agree they should be doing.
I don't know why the right assumes if there's voter fraud it's going to be the left. Ken Blackwell (Ms Brunner's his successor) proved overwhelmingly that both sides are capable of it, he did on a massive, state-wide scale.
I also think it's remarkable that nobody calls them out for the assumption that newly registered voters must be democrats. It point-blank proves that Republicans would prefer it if not everybody voted, and especially not minorities (who are the targets of these drives). Ken Blackwell proved it by trying to deny registrations that weren't on the right kind of paper and by changing polling places for people and notifying them so late that many people got the notification after the election. It's proven over and over by the redistricting. There is a wholesale effort to keep disenfranchised voters disenfranchised because it means the republicans are likelier to win. This is demonstrably true-- the lower the voter turnout, the likelier republicans are to win-- but it shouldn't be something they actively encourage.
These registration drives have done tremendous things for getting people who never voted before registered. Actual people, who should be voting and need to be voting. Not Mickey Mouse or the Dallas Cowboys. A good amount of it was done by volunteers who did NOT forge registrations, me among them.
So, yes, we need to figure out a way to weed out the fake ones. Like ACORN did themselves, when they flagged registrations as suspicious and sent them in separately because state law required them to turn in any registration that had been filled out (you can see why this law would be necessary).