Project Vote, a pillar of the institutional left dedicated to undermining election integrity since 1982, is no more.
The self-styled voting rights group and ACORN spinoff where Barack Obama cut his community organizing teeth announced its closure effective May 31 – gone belly-up due to lack of funding.
A pet project of billionaire George Soros, Project Vote was hemorrhaging money to the tune of $750,000 in 2015. Apparently, even the Soros wallet is not infinitely expansive, especially when surveys show vast numbers of Americans directly oppose PV’s goal of making vote fraud easier. Working under various names, Project Vote has worked over the years to undermine election integrity safeguards, especially photo voter ID laws and registration requirements such as proof of citizenship.
Project Vote counted among its board members Frances Fox Piven, a driving force behind the 1993 Motor Voter law and co-author of the Cloward-Piven strategy to overload and collapse government systems. In Project Vote’s case, their strategy was 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.”
PV staff worked hand in glove with President Obama’s Justice Department to attack voter ID laws in courts across the country and sign up millions of voters at welfare and other government agencies under Bill Clinton’s Motor Voter law. Of 1.3 million registrations Project Vote/ACORN submitted in the 2008 election cycle, more than one-third were reportedly invalid.
“The battle over who controls America’s political voice boils down to whether the citizens can drown out the fraudsters,” says Susan A. Carleson, head of the American Civil Rights Union – an organization that’s successfully sued counties under Motor Voter to keep their voter rolls clean. “And there’s no doubt about whose side Project Vote was on.”
The demise of Project Vote is good for the integrity of American elections.