A stolen election is my greatest fear. - Reggie
Mitt Romney's lead over President Barack Obama in the states most likely to decide the presidential election could diminish over the next few weeks if left wing pressure groups work successfully to block ballot integrity efforts. Catherine Engelbrecht, president and founder of “True the Vote,” is blunt. She warns that 2012 could mark the end of free and fair elections in America.
"Year after year we have seen key races go down to the courts, and some real head scratching about what election law actually requires,” she said during an interview. “But the good news is that voter integrity is now part of a national movement. There’s no question that the other side is very well-organized, and very well-funded, but we have already demonstrated that even a small group of volunteers can make a significant difference.”
This was most certainly the case in Wisconsin where Tea Party activists went toe-to-toe with organized labor to help Gov. Scott Walker emerge as the winner by a clear margin in Tuesday's recall election. Another key test comes in Florida where ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate, the Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, LULAC Florida, and the Hillsborough Hispanic Coalition are pressuring Gov. Rick Scott to keep non-citizens who tend to favor Democrats registered as voters. A Quinnipiac University poll shows Romney with a slight lead in Florida.
While media attention continues to focus on Project Vote, and its history with ACORN, it is the Advancement Project that is now the lead player in the assault against voter fraud probes and photo identification requirements.
“The right to vote is the fundamental pillar of democracy,” Penda Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, has said in media interviews. “Florida has a shameful history of purging minority voters based on false information and inaccurate lists right before presidential elections. This year’s deeply flawed process disproportionately targets Latino voters and is discriminatory, unfair and antithetical to the values of our nation.”
Founded in 1999, by civil rights attorneys, The Advancement Project describes itself as “a policy, communications and legal action group committed to racial justice.” It has offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. The group’s board of directors includes activist and singer Harry Belafonte, SEIU vice-president Gerry Hudson, and Bill Lann Lee, former assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Clinton administration. Lee is currently co-director of the NAACP Los Angeles office.
Like many anti-voter integrity groups, the Advancement Project invokes a false narrative built around the disputed 2000 elections results that deliberately overlooks the many recounts that showed George W. Bush winning over Al Gore in Florida.