When low-income Hoosiers turn to state social-services offices for help, they're supposed to get something more than financial assistance. They're also supposed to be able to register to vote.It's obvious what is going on here. These groups like ACORN operate as extensions of the Democratic Party. They are going to coordinate these efforts with the Obama administration to step up voter registration activities at welfare offices with the intent of adding more Democratic voters to the voting rolls. Democrats inherently are unable to separate the government's role in dispensing public benefits and partisan political activities. To them, the two go hand in hand. Back during the O'Bannon administration, this problem surfaced at license branches where employees were systemmatically giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens and, in some cases, registering to vote aliens who were not eligible for the benefits of citizenship.
But two national voting-rights groups say Indiana is failing that federally required responsibility, and, as they have done elsewhere, are threatening to sue the state.
Project Vote and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, say their November survey of nine Indiana Family and Social Services Administration offices in Lake and Marion counties found that none were providing voter registration forms to clients. Eight didn't even have the forms available, the groups said.
Schneider's story notes that new application forms under the state's modernization plan includes a question about the applicant's interest in registering to vote, although that form is not yet being utilized in Marion County.
Monday, February 02, 2009
ACORN Plans To Sue State For Not Registering To Vote Welfare Recipients
That same group whose volunteers were caught in almost every battleground state this past fall, including Indiana, submitting fraudulent voter registration applications, plans to sue the State of Indiana because its welfare offices aren't doing enough to register to vote low-income persons applying for financial aid. Under the federal Motor Voter Law, state welfare offices and license branch offices are required to provide voter registration services to their clients, in addition to their primary functions. The Star's Mary Beth Schneider writes: