The AP reports that a Democratic group crucial to John Kerry’s presidential campaign has paid felons convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives in at least three election swing states: “Felons paid in voter registration drive.”
Not all state authorities are impressed:
Citing security concerns for the public and for the felons, the Missouri Department of Corrections in April banished ACT from its pool of potential employers for parolees in its halfway houses in Kansas City and St. Louis, department spokesman John Fougere said. Five ACT employees lived at the Kansas City Community Release Center and two others at the St. Louis Community Release Center earlier this year.
Should the public worry? The AP adds:
ACT adopted a policy against employing violent felons this spring, Elleithee said, but he declined to release the policy or to describe what the group considered violent.
The report concludes on a not altogether hopeful note:
Four of ACT’s former employees living at a Missouri halfway house have since been returned to prison, two for drug violations, one for endangering the welfare of a child and another for walking away from the facility. None of the incidents was related to their work for ACT, Fougere said.
As for me, I have forwarded the Star Tribune’s latest Minnesota Poll to ACT in an effort to persuade the organization that Kerry has Minnesota in the bag.