HOMELESS 'DRIVEN' TO VOTE OBAMA (click headline for article)
"CLEVELAND - Volunteers supporting Barack Obama picked up hundreds of people at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and drug-rehab centers and drove them to a polling place yesterday on the last day that Ohioans could register and vote on the same day, almost no questions asked...."
"Early today, Stadlin's van picked up William Woods, 59, at the soup kitchen of the Bishop Cosgrove Center."I never voted before," Woods said, because of a felony conviction that previously barred him from the polls. "Without this service, I would have had no way to get here."
Am I missing something here? I can understand drumming up voters and all, but picking up the homeless and shuffling them to the voting polls b/c you can register the same day as you can vote without any background verification in Ohio, seems a bit wrong and desparate.
Yes I know that the homeless still have a right to vote, and that is not what I am saying. But I have a problem b/c they are taking advantage of the Ohio laws which might lead to higher fraud in the voting process. Hasn't this been a problem in the past?
3.5 million people are homeless in the United States. I wonder, will voting help them? Or are they going to be used as pawns of the process. I guess it would be illegal to promise them a meal if they vote.
Just something about it doesn't sit well for me.