Young Political Majors is a GOP-linked consulting firm that has been accused of tricking California voters in to registering as Republicans under the guise of signing a petition to get tough on child molesters. Maybe YPM signature gatherers are just doing what ACORN reps probably did–artificially inflating their registration totals in order to get paid.
However, some observers speculate that the goal of YPM’s alleged trickery is to disrupt Democratic GOTV efforts. If a voter is no longer registered as a Democrat, they are less likely to be targeted for reminders and voting assistance on election day. I discovered that YPM is also advertising for signature-gatherers to register voters for Ralph Nader in Arizona. (See the ad from simply hired above, click to see a larger image.) Republicans have previously attempted to bolster the Green party in other races in order to siphon votes away from Democratic candidates.
Update: It’s not clear what YPM’s task was in Arizona. Were they trying to register folks as Independents to disrupt Democratic GOTV, a la California? Were they trying to get Ralph Nader on the ballot earlier in the election cycle? Was the task described in the ad just a cover story for some other objective?