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Nuts Working the Census

No, really:

The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year’s count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States — currently believed to be more than 306 million people.

A U.S. Census “sell sheet,” an advertisement used to recruit national partners, says partnerships with groups like ACORN “play an important role in making the 2010 Census successful,” including by “help[ing] recruit census workers.” 

The bureau is currently employing help from more than 250 national partners, including TARGET and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to assist in the hiring effort.

Why is this a problem? Because ACORN is beyond suspect.

ACORN, which claims to be a non-partisan grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, came under fire in 2007 when Washington State filed felony charges against several paid ACORN employees and supervisors for more than 1,700 fraudulent voter registrations. In March 2008, an ACORN worker in Pennsylvania was sentenced for making 29 phony voter registration forms. The group’s activities were frequently questioned in the 2008 presidential election.

This is the same group of people who:

Yeah, sounds like just the people we want helping get a (somewhat) accurate count on how many people live here.

Here’s my thing: I don’t care about ACORN’s politics, what candidates they did or didn’t support (which is why none of that’s mentioned here). What I care about is that the groups helping out the Census Bureau are as far beyond reproach as they possibly can be. The census is more than just a nationwide muster report; it’s what drives local funding and representation on all levels of government.

Personally, I’d prefer that the groups helping conduct the census not have a taint on them. But what do you think?





Written by Coby Dillard

March 19, 2009 at 10:13 am

Posted in Editorials

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  1. Poll:

    Should right wing nutjobs, that are having difficulty accepting the fact that due to thankfully changing demographics–they will never again be allowed to fuck up the country as bad as their boy , the Chimp did ever again, be allowed to publish blogs?

    –only if their ignorant ass learns to spell “allege”?


    March 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

  2. Yes!

    Freedom of speech applies to those who can’t spell as well.

    And it’s what’s keeping you from getting deleted here.

    March 24, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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