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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 03:58 AM
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ACORN vindicated, lawsuit enfranchises voters, impugns Repubs in OH!


It looks like it wasn't ACORN after all that was responsible for voter fraud: it was the Republican party in OH. What a strange irony! According to the court decision: the Republican Secretary of State defied federal electon law and Hundreds of thousands of voters will likely benefit from settlement...

(Guest blogged at BradBlog by Ernest A. Canning)

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....


In September 2006, ACORN filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that Blackwell and officials from Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS) had systematically violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), which Act, by its express terms, was intended to "increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote in elections for Federal office," "protect the integrity of the electoral process," and "ensure that accurate and current voter registration rolls are maintained."

Specifically, the lawsuit, Harkless v. Blackwell, which later became, Harkless v. Brunner, alleged Blackwell and officials from the DJFS violated Section 7 of the Act which mandates that state agencies which "provide public assistance" furnish voter registration forms, assist in their preparation and accept completed applications. Per the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal :

A 2005 survey conducted by ACORN revealed that only 3 out of 103 people exiting a DJFS office were offered a form asking whether they wanted to register to vote. Between 2002 and 2004, DJFS offices for rural counties with relatively small populations registered far more voters than urban counties with larger populations and more people living at or below the poverty line. In the same time period, DJFS offices in 10 counties failed to register a single voter, DJFS offices in 17 counties registered fewer than 10 voters, and DJFS offices in 32 counties registered fewer than 100 voters.
The suit, initially dismissed by the District Court, was reinstated by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal on Oct. 28, 2008, following ACORN's appeal. The Sixth Circuit decision was issued after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief in which it agreed that the District Court decision was unsound.

On Monday, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, issued a press release in which it announced a settlement which their co-counsel, Lisa Danetz, estimates will lead to the registration of "hundreds of thousands of voting-eligible low-income Ohioans".

snip . . . .


There is an intriguing irony. Where the Right has gone out of its way to smear ACORN, it turns out that it was the government, under the control of a Republican Secretary of State, which had violated U.S. election law.* Where the District Court had based its dismissal, in part, on ACORN's alleged lack of standing because ACORN was not allegedly damaged by Blackwell's violations of federal election law, the Sixth Circuit noted that ACORN had suffered a loss because it was forced to expend funds on voter registration activities that it would not have expended had Blackwell and the DJFS complied with federal election laws; that ACORN's Ohio members were directly injured by those violations.

Still waiting for DRUDGE or Fox "News" to splash the headline. But perhaps it would be unwise for me to hold my breath until they do.

About the guest blogger:

Ernest A. Canning has been an active member of the California state bar since 1977. Mr. Canning has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science as well as a juris doctor. He is also a Vietnam vet (4th Infantry, Central Highlands 1968).


LINK: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7550




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maglatinavi Donating Member (614 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 04:14 AM
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1. acorn case
Edited on Thu Dec-03-09 04:18 AM by maglatinavi
KUDOS TO THE COURT!!! ABOUT TIME THE NEFARIOUS REPUBLICAN'S VIOLATION OF PEOPLES RIGHTS BE STOPPED. NO PUNISHMENT FOR THE VIOLATION OF THE LAW AND OF "WE THE PEOPLE'S" RIGHTS? ???
:woohoo: :applause: :woohoo: :applause: :woohoo: :applause: :woohoo: :applause: :woohoo: :applause:
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 04:29 AM
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2. Yay! K and R
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 07:22 AM
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3. Waiting for Drudge or FAUX News to splash the headline?
Hell, I'd be surprised if the Columbus Dispatch carried the story - much less my local Gannett fishwrap.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 08:35 AM
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4. K & R let's get the word out
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bergie321 Donating Member (797 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 10:57 AM
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5. K&R
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bobshin Donating Member (165 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 12:41 PM
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6. The fact that this is still not appearing on the Greatest page says alot about
Democrats' interest in a real democracy also. We expect as much from the Repugs. The opportunity to vote, the right to vote and the right to have those votes counted is the foundation of our democracy. If these very basic issues aren't in place and secure the rest of the exercise is a sham.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 07:47 PM
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7. Posted on LATEST: ACORN suit over voter registration settled in Ohio
If you want something to rise to the top on DU, give it NEWS treatment.

ACORN suit over voter registration settled in Ohio
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 10:30 PM
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8. Section 7 of NVRA is great, has public agencies offer voter reg
and they do a great job, because they have all of the voter's information
there, and fill out the forms accurately.

My state stepped up compliance in 2008 and our voter rolls increased by 1 million.

Some of that was pure enthusiasm about the candidates and the contests too.

I met a lady in her mid 50s who had NEVER voted before but did because of Barack Obama.
She was a professional woman, very classy, very well informed too.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-04-09 03:15 AM
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9. K&R
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