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ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has been in the news for several of the past election cycles and finds itself there again. Is this simply a politically-driven campaign or does ACORN merit this attention? How does ACORN influence elections, if it does?
The Journal Sentinel editorialized yesterday on this subject, and essentially took the position that this is much ado over nothing. The editorial staff cites the recent revelation that ACORN hired seven felons to serve as 'deputy registrars' and justifies this with its further discussion about how the registration cards are subjected to review before being handed over to the election officials, etc.
That seems to miss the fact that 49 'deputy registrars' in Milwaukee were referred to the authorities for possible voter registration irregularities discovered by the Election Commission.
It is interesting to me that ACORN has no political agenda but seems to somehow find itself registering Democrat-leaning voters in over 95% of the cases. It specifically targets parts of the communities in which it works that typically vote heavily for Democrats. Barack Obama's campaign actually donated some $832,000 to an ACORN affiliate to 'get out the vote'. It originally tried to obfuscate the reason for the payment but finally admitted that it was to be used to 'get out the vote'. We can surmise which voters that money will be used to identify and push to the polls.
Why did the first 'solution' offered to end the economic crisis in our economy include an automatic funding mechanism to get more and more money to ACORN? Do you think there might be a political agenda at work here? That was removed as the result of the initial failure of that 'solution' to get sufficient votes. That speaks well for Jim Sensenbrenner voting no. Yes, I know that the Democrat in Appleton voted no, as well, but he was given permission to do that only because he is in a tough race for re-election at the end of his first two years in the House of Representatives and Ms. Pelosi needs to be able to count on his re-election.
Finally, there are legal actions being taken against ACORN in other parts of the country over the issues that have dogged this organization for years. Why were only the 'deputy registrars' referred for legal scrutiny while the organization proper again was given a pass in our state?
Why has the state Government Accountability Board not required voter registration lists be checked for irregularities since early-August of this year? Why have voter registration officers across the state been told to not cross-reference with the motor vehicle department database? There was time for that yet it didn't happen...it isn't being permitted even where community officials have asked to be able to do the verification.
The action brought, finally, by the Attorney General has been 'slow-walked' through the system so as to assure there'll be nothing to interfere with the 'system' until at least after the race for President is decided.
Beyond all this lies a simple solution, so far blocked by the party in power in Wisconsin (Democrat if you've any question).
What is that simple solution? It is voter photo identification. It also could be a dose of 'no same day registration' that would give our officials the opportunity to verify the information provided by those who register at the pools the same day as they vote.
Last, but possibly most important is this: Wisconsin voters are so evenly divided as to make any illegally-cast votes significantly more important to the outcome. If we again have a difference of a few thousand voters deciding the outcome, a few thousand illegally-registering and voting people could easily change the outcome thus impacting every honest vote in the state. And, there can be no credible argument that illegal votes do not occur. We all know better...or should!