In Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Georgia and probably some other states now under GOP control there are efforts to end same-day voter registration. Generally, the opinion seems to be that Republicans simply want to make it harder to vote, apparently believing that GOP voters are more dedicated and will show up at the polls whatever barriers are erected.

I think there may be something much more sinister behind the effort, however. Republicans would seem to like the tactic of voter caging. Caging takes place leading up to an important election as a way of preventing certain voters from casting ballots; this was a tactic by Katherine Harris leading to the Bush/Gore debacle that we all remember fondly. The idea is to simply remove a broad swath of voters from the voting roles under some pretext - in the case of Katherine Harris, the voters with similar names but the same race as convicted felons that were removed. Due to the over-representation of African Americans among convicted felons this wide net caught a disproportionate number of African Americans (and not accidentally, a disproportionate number of Democratic voters). Many, probably the majority, of voters removed from the voting rolls were not felons of course, they simply had similar names to some convicted felon. Nevertheless these innocent potential voters were not on the voting rolls and so were not allowed to vote on election day.

What a problem same-day voter registration creates for someone wanting to use this scam to keep people from voting! In states that allow same-day voter registration a voter thrown off the voting rolls will simply re-register and then vote; all that effort and risk in voter caging just goes to waste. My strong suspicion is that this is really what is behind this effort to eliminate same-day voter registration.

Do you think I am just overly suspicious of Republicans' intent?


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Lew Merrick 8 years 31 weeks ago

Please note that the same people who want to ban same-day voter registration also believe that allowing TRW to provide instant background checks should allow them to pick up a firearm without "interference from the government."

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Calperson 8 years 31 weeks ago

Voter fraud and election day intimidation is the bread and butter of todays democrat party. Hopefully the elimination of same day registration and valid identification, in conjunction with the defunding of ACORN, will stamp out this blight.

In the 2008 election ACORN registered 1,315,037 voters.

Although the organization prides itself for its registration efforts, it also has a long history of scandal. In the state of Missouri in 1986, 12 ACORN members were convicted of voter fraud. But that case was not an isolated incident in the state. In December 2004, in St. Louis, six volunteers pleaded guilty of dozens of election law violations for filling out registration cards with names of dead people and other bogus information. Authorities launched an earlier investigation after noticing that among the new voters was longtime St. Louis alderman Albert “Red” Villa, who died in 1990. The volunteers worked for “Operation Big Vote” — a branch of ACORN — in St. Louis.

On February 10, 2005, Nonaresa Montgomery, a paid worker who ran Operation Big Vote during the run-up to the 2001 mayoral primary, was found guilty of vote fraud. Montgomery hired about 30 workers to do fraudulent voter-registration canvassing. Instead of knocking on doors, the volunteers sat at a St. Louis fast food restaurant and wrote out names and information from an outdated voter list. About 1,500 fraudulent voter registration cards were turned in.

In October 2006, St. Louis election officials discovered at least 1,492 “potentially fraudulent” voter registration cards. They were all turned in by ACORN volunteers.

In November 2006, 20,000 to 35,000 questionable voter registration forms were turned in by ACORN officials in Missouri. Most all of these were from St. Louis and Kansas City areas, where ACORN purportedly sought to help empower the “disenfranchised” minorities living there. But the ACORN workers weren’t just told to register new voters. The workersadmitted on camera that they were coached to tell registrants to vote for Democrat Claire McCaskill.

In 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri, four ACORN employees were indicted for fraud. In April of this year eight ACORN employees in St. Louis city and county pleaded guilty to federal election fraud for submitting bogus voter registrations.

This year there have been several accusations of fraud against ACORN. Over a dozen states are investigating the organization already. Here is a complete list of the ongoing investigations:

North Carolina — State Board of Elections officials have found at least 100 voter registration forms with the same names over and over again. The forms were turned in by ACORN. Officials sent about 30 applications to the state Board of Elections for possible fraud investigation.

Ohio — The New York Post reported that a Cleveland man said he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times. The complaints have sparked an investigation by election officials into the organization, whose political wing has supported Barack Obama. Witnesses have already beensubpoenaed to testify against the organization.

Nevada — Authorities raided the headquarters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now on Tuesday October 7, 2008, after a month-long investigation. The fraudulent voter registrations included the Dallas Cowboys starting line-up.

Indiana — More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana’s Lake County filled out by ACORN employees turned out to be bogus. Officials also stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.

Connecticut — Officials are looking into a complaint alleging ACORN submitted fraudulent voter registration cards in Bridgeport. In one instance, an official said a card was filled out for a 7-year-old girl, whose age was listed as 27. 8,000 cards were submitted in Bridgeport.

Missouri — The Kansas City election board is reporting 100 duplicate applications and 280 with fake information. Acorn officials agreed that at least 4% of their registrations were bogus. Governor Matt Blunt condemned the attempts by ACORN to commit voter fraud.

Pennsylvania — Officials are investigating suspicious or incomplete registration forms submitted by ACORN. 252,595 voter registrations were submitted in Philadelphia. Remarkably, 57,435 were rejected — most of them submitted by ACORN.

Wisconsin — In Milwaukee ACORN improperly used felons as registration workers. Additionally, its workers are among 49 cases of bad registrations sent to authorities for possible charges, as first reported by the Journal Sentinel.

Florida — The Pinellas County Elections supervisor says his office has received around 35 voter registrations that appear to be bogus. There is also a question of 30,000 felons who are registered illegally to vote. Their connections with ACORN are not yet clear.

Texas — Of the 30,000 registration cards ACORN turned in, Harris County tax assessor Paul Bettencourt says just more than 20,000 are valid. And just look at some of the places ACORN was finding those voters. A church just next door is the address for around 150 people. More than 250 people claim a homeless outreach center as their home address. Some listed a county mental health facility as their home and one person even wrote down the Harris County jail at the sheriff’s office.

Michigan — ACORN in Detroit is being investigated after several municipal clerks reported fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications coming through. The clerk interviewed said the fraud appears to be widespread.

New Mexico – The Bernalillo County clerk has notified prosecutors that some 1,100 fraudulent voter registration cards were turned in by ACORN.

That’s not all. So far this year at least 14 states have started investigations against ACORN. Talk about a culture of corruption. It is so bad that Representatives of Congress have asked for the Justice Department to investigate, and GOP presidential candidate John McCain is bringing it up in his stump speeches. The Obama camp is stealthily altering its “Fight the Smears” website to distance themselves from the organization — quite a challenge considering how close their candidate’s association has been with the group.

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PensiveLiberal 8 years 31 weeks ago
Quote Lew Merrick:

Please note that the same people who want to ban same-day voter registration also believe that allowing TRW to provide instant background checks should allow them to pick up a firearm without "interference from the government."

Consistency does not seem to be a big concern for those same people.

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PensiveLiberal 8 years 10 weeks ago

Turning in a bogus registration card is not generally a fradulent act. In fact, many if not most states require people who run a registration drive not to make any judgments about the registration materials given to them and actually require that all cards be turned in. This is on the theory that intermediaries should not have this opportunity to selectively register people.

In many instances, Acorn has complied with the law and submitted applications that were obviously bogus, but they separated them out from the others to make it easy for the officials to weed them out. As noted, they were required so submit even applications from Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse - they had no other choice within the law.

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