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Thursday, August 9, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Californian pleads not guilty in voter-registration-fraud case

Seattle Times staff reporter

Former ACORN voter-registration worker Ryan Edward Olson, 28, of Needles, Calif., pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of providing false information on a voter registration.

Olson was the fourth of seven defendants to plead not guilty in King County Superior Court in what authorities say is the biggest case of voter-registration fraud in state history.

The defendants, who worked last year for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, allegedly filled out and submitted more than 1,800 fictitious voter-registration cards in King and Pierce counties as an easy way to keep their hourly jobs.

Arrest warrants were issued last week for Kendra Lynn Thill, 18, of no known address, and Jayson Lee Woods, 19, of Elkridge, Md., after they failed to appear for arraignment Aug. 2.

Clifton Eugene Mitchell, 44, of Lakewood, Pierce County, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 30.

Robert Edward Greene, 56, of Tacoma, pleaded not guilty Tuesday, and Tina Marie Johnson, 24, and Brianna Rose Debwa, 35, both of Tacoma, entered not-guilty pleas last week.

Keith Ervin: 206-464-2105 or kervin@seattletimes.com

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