Secretary of State Kurt Browning got a little ticked off at the get-out-the-vote group ACORN this morning, but ACORN doesn't seem to mind. From a press release:
ACORN: "We like you too, Kurt Browning"
We would like you even more if you suspended the 'No-Match' Law."
MIAMI -- Secretary of State Kurt Browning told the Miami Herald Wednesday he "generally likes" [not a direct quote but a quote from the Herald posting] the community organization ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), which registered more than 140,000 new voters this year alone in Florida.
Florida ACORN Board Member Leroy Bell responded Thursday: "We like Secretary of State Kurt Browning, too." He went on to say: "We would like him even more if he would suspend the controversial 'No-Match' law that could prevent thousands of legitimate voters from getting on the rolls."
ACORN and allied voting rights organizations held events statewide Tuesday calling on Gov. Crist to suspend the 'No-Match' law and ensure a smooth and fair election. "We call on the 'People's Governor' to help clear the way for new voters to participate," said Cheria Murray, single mother and newly registered Orlando voter. "This law has created unnecessary confusion. Gov. Crist can ask the Secretary of State to suspend it and restore confidence to new voters like me."
Although Gov. Crist stated he is powerless to suspend the law, it was only recently re-enacted after a year-long suspension while officials heard arguments challenging its legality. Litigation is ongoing.
"Given the Secretary of State's past actions during the litigation, it is a departure from his established position on this issue for him to suddenly enforce this controversial law right before a major election," said Bell. "We ask that he and the Governor return to their policy of 'no enforcement' until the litigation is complete."