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Project Vote (PV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that was founded in 1982 as the voter-mobilization arm of the (now defunct) community organization ACORN. Its overarching objective is to “build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of America’s citizenry” by working to increase voter participation among “low-income and minority citizens” who have been historically “disenfranchised” and “alienated from the electoral process.” Toward that end, PV uses paid canvassers as well as volunteers to carry out conventional “non-partisan” voter-registration and -mobilization drives “in high-traffic sites in neighborhoods of color.” In 1992, the Chicago-based community organizer Barack Obama headed PV's operations in that city, with a focus on registering black voters on the South Side. The motto of PV's Illinois initiative that year was: “It's a Power Thing.”
All of PV's policy prescriptions are designed to maximize voter turnout among demographics that traditionally support Democrats in overwhelming numbers. Moreover, several of the group's preferred policies—such as loosened standards for voter-registration and -identification—invariably make it easier for election-related fraud to take place. Pursuing the so-called “crisis strategy” or Cloward-Piven Strategy pioneered during the 1960s by political scientists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven (who has been a member of Project Vote's board of directors for a number of years), PV's objective is to overwhelm, paralyze, and discredit the American voting system through an abundance of fraudulent registrations, fraud at the ballot box, protests, propaganda, and vexatious litigation. Each time such variables give rise to higher levels of chaos and public distrust of the existing electoral system, PV cites the system's flaws as proof that still more reforms are needed.
PV's effort to undermine America's voting system realized its grandest ambition on May 20, 1993, when President Bill Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)—commonly called the “Motor-Voter Act”—which Project Vote strongly supported. This federal law ordered every U.S. state to provide resources enabling people to register to vote at state agencies while they applied for drivers' licenses, welfare assistance, Medicaid, or disability benefits. Author and journalist John Fund writes that “perhaps no piece of legislation in the last generation better captures the 'incentivizing' of fraud” than NVRA, which bars examiners from asking voters for identification or proof of citizenship; permits mail-in voter registrations (where the person's identity is harder to verify); and limits the removal of ineligible names from active voter rolls. These, among others, are precisely the policy objectives of Project Vote.
One of PV's major ongoing initiatives is its Government Agency Registration Program, which assists states, social service agencies, motor vehicle offices, and election officials with the implementation of NVRA’s requirements. This program also works to ensure that people enrolling for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) are offered “a meaningful opportunity to register to vote,” and that new U.S. citizens receive voter-registration application forms at their administrative naturalization ceremonies.
PV's Election Administration Program (EAP), meanwhile, advocates for laws, policies, and procedures that “remove barriers to registration and voting.” For example:
A persistent pattern of lawlessness and voter-registration fraud has followed PV (and its former sister organization, ACORN) for many years. (For details, click here and here.) Meanwhile, protesters, press agents, and attorneys for these groups have kept up a relentless clamor over Republican “voter intimidation,” “minority disenfranchisement,” and various other issues which tend to muddy the waters and distract attention from the very serious transgressions of Project Vote and ACORN.
For additional information on Project Vote, click here.