Tuesday, October 07, 2008

ummm yeah.. this is in my book of Wrong

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.


Ben said...

It's actually a page out of the Republican playbook. They've been doing it for years. I guess rather than complain about it (again) this year, the Dems gave them a shot of their own medicine.

It's probably in their best interest too, since I think there will be fewer homeless people with Obama as president vs. McCain.

Ellie said...

On either side, I think it stinks.

Whether or not who would help the homeless more..I don't know.

I think with the way our economy is, and the other pressing issues facing us today, that special interests such as minority groups, which I consider homeless and minority group, their interests will be placed on the back burner.

Just like gay marriage. I wish so much that my brother had equal rights of straight couples, and during the debates when we didn't have a Presidential canidate chosen on either side, gay rights was a hot topic. I haven't heard anything about it lately except once in the Vice Presidential Debate when asked the question about redefining 'marriage'.