- Post 30 April 2012
- By Copy Editor
KEVIN MOONEY, American Spectator:
Unless voter integrity efforts take root this year, the notion of free and fair elections could become a relic of American history, Catherine Engelbrecht warned listeners during the "True the Vote National Summit in Houston, Texas yesterday. Engelbrecht, who is the president and founder of the organization, cited specific instances throughout the country where the number of voters listed on registration rolls exceeded the actual number of eligible voters. She also said it was far too easy for non-citizens to obtain voter registration forms.
"The next few months are critical to the telling of our story," she said. "Our goal is the make the 2012 elections the freest and fairest the country has ever seen." Engelbrecht acknowledged this is a tall order. The various pressure groups opposed to photo identification requirements are very well funded and well organized. But they are not on the side of public opinion.
The latest survey from Rasmussen finds that 64 percent of likely U.S. voters see voter fraud as a serious problem. The same survey also reports that 73 percent of Americans do not view photo ID laws as being discriminatory.
Other speakers included Anita MonCrief, a former ACORN/Project Vote employee, turned conservative activist.
"I was very sheltered until I met the Tea Party people," she said. "We were all black Catholics, we liked Jesus and JFK."
MonCrief recalled a meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, where ACORN activists outlined a "socialist wish list" that included universal health care and environmental justice. It was at this point that MonCrief began to have misgivings about the ACORN network that were further cemented when she became privy to the close connection between the 2008 Obama campaign and the Project Vote affiliate, she explained.
The collusion between President Obama's Department of Justice and far left pressure groups that are out to block voter fraud investigations and intimidate state officials was a major theme of MonCrief's talk.
"Our country is under attack from the inside," she said. "The Department of Justice has gone wild; it is not working on behalf of the American people. It is working for these pressure groups."
MonCrief also described how ACORN activists exploited loose voting standards throughout the country in the past few election cycles. Phone calls were made to the offices of secretaries of state throughout the country to identify where it would easiest to manipulate and exploit provisional ballots; these are the ballots used when question are raised about a voter's eligibility.