You can't swing a dead cat by the tail in the archives of KAR without hitting one of my posts about the electoral shenanigans that took place in Milwaukee last November. So I won't link to any of them (there's about 15 of them and they're all so good it'd be a shame to link to just a few). But if you want a good synopsis of the story, without having to read the word "douchebags" or "shitknuckles", go here. And be sure to refresh your memory of the Democrat voter suppression tactics detailed here.
Today, we get a little more insight about how the whole scam worked. The census bureau released numbers yesterday indicating that young voter turnout in Wisconsin - that is, voters between the ages of 18 to 24 - was second highest in the nation.
What was attributable to such a robust exercise of the franchise among the slacker demographic?
This had a lot to do with it:
Much of that energy was aimed at young voters. Wisconsin was one of six states targeted by the New Voters Project, which surpassed its goal of registering 100,000 young voters in Wisconsin, where Kerry beat Bush by about 11,000 votes.
Who is the "New Voters Project"?
...a non-partisan group affiliated with a consumer advocacy organization called Public Interest Research Groups.
AHA! So the NVP is a "non-partisan" (you can already see where I'm going with this) group that is the monkey of the Public Interest Research Groups. If you attended the U of M back in the day (and maybe even now- I graduated a decade ago so I don't know) you would know the thrice-yearly ritual of having the U try to trick you into donating money to the M(innesota)PIRG every time you registered for classes. People like me diligently checked the box that said: CHECK HERE IF YOU DO not WANT TO DONATE $2.50 TO MPIRG. Because we knew from which field they were coming.
But for those of you not in the know, let's take a quick look at what PIRG stands for:
- They're against "sewage dumping". A bi-partison issue to be sure;
- They oppose the "dirty, dangerous energy bill". Hmmmm. I don't know what's in this energy bill, but I'm going to guess that it's not as bad as they would make it out to be;
- They're against drilling for oil in ANWR.
I have a feeling that these folks were not Bush supporters.
But back to the NVP. Let's look at who endorsed their voter registration drive for the 2004 election:
Governor Jim Doyle - Democrat
James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation - Unitarians tend not to be Republican.
First Unitarian Society - Ditto
Prairie Unitarian Universalists - Ditto ditto
La Comunidad News - I'll bet it carries the "La Cucaracha" comic strip
Diocese of Madison Office of Justice and Peace - "Justice and peace" - heh
Center for Democracy in Action - double heh
NAACP - 'Nuff said
Physicians for Social Responsibility - "socal responsibility": another euphamism for "throw money at a problem and make someone else pay for it"
Mothers Acting Up - I would look this one up, but I'm afraid of what I'd find
Rick’s Café Newspaper - I believe Rick's Cafe is a strip joint, but I could be wrong.
The list goes on and on ranging from the non partisan (4-H, League of Women Voters) to the moonbat fringe (Peace Action, Jim Doyle). Scan the list. Find a conservative.
Oh that's right - conservatives want to stiffle the youth vote. That's why they went out to parking lots at local universities and slashed tires.
Oh wait - that didn't happen.
Moving on quickly as I'm almost out of time.
What these "non-partisan" jerks are doing is registering a demographic that is known for its unlikeliness to vote, to get names of people who would be as likely as not to (suprise) vote. And ask yourself this question: why is it necessary to advance-register people when Wisconsin allows same-day voter registration?
Anecdotal evidence (in the form of callers to Milwaukee talk show host Mark Belling) suggests that the folks at NVP (or some other outfit) called registrants late on election day and ask if the registrant had voted.
What do you think happened when the answer was "no"?
Oh, and what of all those fictional registrations (indicated by confirmation cards that were returned as undeliverable because the "voter's" address didn't exist)?
It's not like you need to show a photo ID when voting in Wisconsin. And if the Dems have their way, you never will.
Hooray for the franchise!