Groups Threaten to File Suit
The suit is over whether the department is following federal law that requires it provide voter registration opportunities. The groups threatening the suit against DSS are ACORN, DEMOS, and Project Vote.
The groups says DSS violates Section 7 in the National Voter Registration Act. The law requires voter registration opportunities in public assistance offices if a person is applying for benefits, re-application, or for an address chance. Local activists say they've seen the violations.
"We have found time and time again that they don't offer voter registration or if they do it, it's sporadic or unpredictable," GRO volunteer Mary Hussman said.
Hussman's been registering people to vote for years. People coming out of DSS say no one asked them if they were registered to vote,so they registered with Hussman. No one from the Department of Social Services would speak to KOMU, but the department issued a statement in response,
"The department of social services believes it is in full compliance with the national voter registration act of 1993, and has been since its inception. ACORN is an organization whose credibility has been tainted by the fact that several of their workers have been indicted for voter fraud."
The department of social services has 90 days to comply until ACORN, DEMOS and Project Vote will file a law lawsuit.