A Las Vegas justice of the peace on Wednesday scheduled a Sept. 29 preliminary hearing for a grass-roots community organizing group accused of setting illegal voter registration quotas.
At the end of the September preliminary hearing, Justice of the Peace William Jansen will decide whether there is enough evidence to send to District Court the felony case against the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, ACORN, and two defendants, Christopher Edwards and Amy Busefink.
Edwards is the group’s former Las Vegas field director. Busefink was the regional director for voter registration.
The state attorney general’s office accuses ACORN of illegally requiring canvassers to meet voter registration quotas, which resulted in thousands of “garbage” registrations. Under pressure to keep their jobs, canvassers turned in phony names and addresses, authorities said.
ACORN and Edwards are charged with 13 counts of compensation for registering voters. Busefink faces 13 counts related to compensation for registering voters.
Attorneys for the defendants have called the charges groundless and without merit.