...that someone surveying the situation might be forgiven in thinking that it's implicitly permitted: but no, we don't actually want election fraud to happen. When it does - like it did in Pennsylvania - and we can catch them at it, we put the people who did it on trial.
PITTSBURGH — The community organizing and voter registration group Acorn filed a federal lawsuit here Wednesday claiming that a state statute that is being used to prosecute some of its former employees is unconstitutional.
Acorn hopes the lawsuit will prevent criminal prosecution of its local leaders and office, which have been under investigation by Mr. Zappala’s office for eight months, said Witold Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which is representing Acorn.
The basic issue here is that it's illegal in Pennsylvania to, as the NYT quoted, "give, solicit or accept payment or financial incentive to obtain a voter registration if the payment or incentive is based upon the number of registrations or applications obtained" - and there are seven ACORN staffers charged with precisely that. And if Mr. Zappala (who is a Democrat, by the way, and one not happy with the possibility of election fraud in his jurisdiction) gets his convictions, the next step is to go after the leadership. And there's a case in Nevada that might be affected by this law being declared unconstitutional. And there are a bunch of other states that forbid vote registration incentives like this - all in all, ACORN has a vested interest in making sure that their leadership can't be prosecuted for their routine election registration fraud; hence, the lawsuit.
As for why the ACLU is helping them?
Well, let's just say that I've never really been impressed with that group's ability to think about what they're doing before they do it.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.