A “non-profit” is sending out millions of unsolicited voter registration forms, in the guise of an effort to increase voter participation. In reality, it’s a Democrat-oriented program that’s so thoroughly mismanaged that the mail landing is addressed to children, pets and dead people. Republicans are reasonably crying foul. FOX News has the story:
For help, the brochure instructs people to “Please visit the Texas Secretary of State website,” and the return address for the enclosed voter registration form is: “The Voter Participation Center, Office of Secretary of State, Elections Division, PO Box 12060, Austin, TX, 78711-9904.”
What has concerned some recipients, though, is that Texas elections officials did not send it.
These voter registration forms, and others like them in other states, are being mailed nationwide by a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., called the Voter Participation Center. The organization says it is working to help register the estimated 73 million Americans nationwide who are currently not on the voting rolls, specifically targeting what it describes as underrepresented voting blocs.
But officials in states like Florida, Texas, Louisiana and others report that the mailers are causing confusion among residents and that they’ve shown up in mailboxes addressed to dead people, children and even dogs and cats.
According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, only one in tenof the applications coming in from the Voter Participation Center mailings have been valid. The Romney campaign rightly objected to the effort in Virginia, but unfortunately lost their challenge, and the fraud-ridden effort will continue in full force. What’s so patently offensive about this effort is the partisanship, targeting voters who have recently represented a core of the Democrat constituency.
Previously called Women’s Voices, Women Vote, the group originally targeted unmarried women. It’s worth noting that polls show single women choosing Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a 2-1 margin, while married voters back Mitt Romney by dougle-digit margins. Who else is the Voter Participation Center targeting? They call them the “Rising American Electorate”, but really it’s the key Democrat constituent groups:
This state-by-state chart clearly demonstrates the gap between the RAE as a percent of the adult population and as a percent of the voting eligible population (VEP) and illustrates the need and opportunity to focus on registering and turning out the groups who make up the RAE — unmarried women, people of color and young people between 18-29.
The Center’s practices, including specifically targeting liberal demographics, purposely sending mail that looks like government correspondence and using out-dated and error-ridden lists make them a just target for scrutiny. As much as Democrats complain that Voter ID is unnecessary, and fraud is rare, you would think groups like this wouldn’t have problems. Instead, they’re creating nightmare scenarios for state election officials, and if successful, will throw the validity of some states into the realm of uncertainty.