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ACORN drive aims to add low-income voters
In a media announcement January 28, ACORN and community supporters outlined how Milwaukee will be part of a campaign across the nation to increase registered voters this year, to ensure that the voices of working families are heard clearly and effectively at the polls.
Leading community organizations working in part out of ACORN's offices at 315 W. Court St., Suite 204, have kicked off a city-wide voter registration drive to bridge the socio-economic gap in the electorate.
All participating nonpartisan groups have agreed to use high quality control standards to ensure that cards are filled out correctly and only eligible voters are registered. These incude Campaign Against Violence, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Urban Underground, and Voces de la Frontera, noted ACORN's Wisconsin political director, Carolyn Castore, a former board member of the Milwaukee labor council.
Members of the media are invited to observe ACORN’s quality control.
ACORN, a social justice organization at www.acorn.org, has already shown it can move voters of color and those from lower-income areas to go to the polls.
“ACORN alone has helped to register more than 1.6 million new Latino, African-American and low- and
moderate-income voters since 2003," noted Castore.
ACORN (which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 350,000 member families organized into 800 neighborhood chapters in 103 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues including better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in communities from banks and overnments, and better public schools.