Yesterday, I watched a video of two ACORN employees being taped unknowingly. An underage girl came in saying that she was a prostitute there with her “boyfriend” wanting some tax advice and help getting a place to stay. The ACORN employees not only encouraged the girl, telling her she should be proud, they also told her how she could lie on her taxes, and how she could claim 13 underage prostitutes from another country as dependents.
They didn’t care that she was in a horrible situation. They didn’t bat an eyelash at giving out advice on how to break the law. They didn’t seem to be phased at all by the story they were hearing.
Are we still not ready to say that this is a criminal organization when in at least 16 states ACORN has been investigated for voter registration fraud. Are we so numb that we don’t see the pattern emerging?
For one thing, why are we allowing these types of groups to register people to vote. When I turned 18, I had to go down to the courthouse and fill out a card and show my drivers license to prove to the people that I was who I said I was. Yes, it did take a little effort and yes it did take some time-(I had to drive to another town where the county court house was.) But it was worth it. It should take a little effort to become a voter. Voting is a right and a privilege. Voting is our duty as citizens. If you have to be dragged to the poll by someone offering you cigarettes in order for you to get out and vote (as ACORN has been accused of doing,) then you shouldn’t be voting in the first place.
The integrity of elections are a cornerstone to democracy and groups like ACORN should have nothing to do with them. We should also have to present photo id’s when we vote. It’s not hard to get a photo i.d.; in most states you can get them where driver’s license’s are obtained. Democracy is a treasure and we should treat it that way. It should not be left in the hands of criminals.