ACORN Lawsuit in OH a Victory for Democracy

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has won a substantive victory on behalf of the voters of Ohio --- perhaps hundreds of thousands of them --- via a court case filed in 2006, challenging a number of voter suppression tactics employed by the state's then Sec. of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell (R).

The victory may lead to the enfranchisement of "hundreds of thousands of voting-eligible low-income Ohioans" according to one of the attorneys involved in the case, yet it looks like Fox "News", Matt Drudge, and all of the other Rightwingers may have forgotten to post a thank you note to ACORN this week for their successful battle to strengthen the growth of democracy in the U.S.... (more)

No votes yet

Let's first assume that the original survey of clients is accurate (though when people go in to the county JFS office, they're required to fill out so many forms they may not remember if they got a voter registration form - and the information about how many actually completed the form doesn't seem - from the article - to account for people who might have declined)...

ACORN was correct to ensure that the provision in the law was followed.

But the conclusion that this was some sort of partisan issue on the side of Ken Blackwell is wrong.

While Blackwell/Brunner as Sec of State are responsible for enforcing the voting law, the SoS does NOT oversee the county JFS offices. They are overseen by the county commissioners in each county - the majority of whom in urban areas are Democrats.

The next target for failure of county JFS offices to do what is required is the state JFS - a cabinet position of the Governor. But while the state may issue directives to the county offices (and I know they did in the case of this new voter registration law), they don't show up in each county to verify each and every directive is followed, except periodically, usually on a yearly basis. The state relies upon their internal and then the county audits to ensure provisions are being met.

So good for ACORN for making sure that the law was followed and shame on those who tried to make this a partisan issue.

This could just as easily be spun as a slam on the dems who controlled the large urban counties ... or as a good example for smaller government, since it was the smaller counties (primarily controlled by Republicans) who were more successful in implementing the law.

"While Blackwell/Brunner as Sec of State are responsible for enforcing the voting law, the SoS does NOT oversee the county JFS offices."

But according to the court, the county JFS offices are considered voter registration agencies by NVRA law. And according to the court, the SOS is responsible for implementing the laws under the NVRA (which include voter registration agencies):

"The NVRA also mandates that “[e]ach State shall designate a State officer or employee as the chief State election official to be responsible for coordination of State responsibilities under [the NVRA].” Id. § 1973gg-8. As noted in the legislative history, this official is “responsible for implementing the state’s functions under the bill.” S. REP. NO. 103-6, at 39 (1993). In Ohio, that official is the Secretary."

And it's also the Secretary's responsibility to investigate any irregularities in elections and report violations, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

I do agree that this could used as a slam on Democrats. But if so, wouldn't Blackwell have made an issue of it? Was he beyond partisan politics? And furthermore, why would he have ignored the initial ACORN complaint? Seems like it would have been a great opportunity to slam the Democrats in these counties...

Pink Slip

Meanwhile...back at the ranch..ACORN vote fraud continues....

And you thought Soros was nutz for buying up Attorney Generals...

It's not who votes...it's who counts the votes that matters...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Glad to know ACORN is stand up for all those pimps and ho's.

MikeyA

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