The Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now (ACORN) has revealed its plans to reach 2.8 million families in its voter mobilisation campaign for the American presidential election. The aim is to register 1.2 million African-American, Latino, low-income and young voters by September. Since last September, ACORN has already helped register more than 177,000 voters.
“Families in our communities are crying for change”, said ACORN National President Maude Hurd. “They need a change from the fear of facing foreclosure, from inadequate healthcare, from low wages and a chance to build a better future”.
In America, voter mobilisation campaigns have a substantial impact on election outcomes. Trade unions and allies such as ACORN use such campaigns as a tool to get social policies enacted.