Democrats threaten public shaming to get voters to polls

Democrats threaten public shaming to get voters to pollsNew York Post – by Carl Campanile and Natalie O’Neill

Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.

The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.  

“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

The letter and accompanying post card was criticized even by party members, with one Democratic consultant saying it was the wrong way to inspire votes.

“It’s a threatening letter. It’s a scare piece that is unnecessary and inappropriate,” the insider said.

Brooklyn and Manhattan residents who received the note Wednesday were furious, calling it an attempt to browbeat them into showing up at the polls.

“I’m outraged. Whether I vote or not is none of your business!” said a Manhattan voter, who was so incensed that she complained to a local Democratic leader.

“The letter is ludicrous and menacing,” said the voter, who requested anonymity.

The woman also received a report card of her voting record, pointing out that she had failed to vote in two of the last four elections.

Overall, the notices were sent out to 1 million registered Democrats who had failed to vote in previous midterm elections, according to the group.

The committee — chaired by former Gov. David Paterson — defended the scare tactic, calling it standard practice throughout the country.

“This flier is part of the nationwide Democratic response to traditional Republican voter-suppression efforts, because Democrats believe our democracy works better when more people vote, not
less,” said Peter Kauffmann, a committee spokesman.

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans is they don’t want people to vote and we want everyone to vote.”

Paterson declined to comment.

The mailer has a phone number on it that goes to Election Protection, a nonpartisan voting organization.

The organization said it had received a “significant” number of calls about the letter.

Such attempts to shame people to vote — what politicos call “social pressure” or peer pressure — has become more common place and was used by the Obama campaign in 2012, sources said.

A Yale University study in 2008 found that voter participation increased substantially after lazy voters received letters telling them their spotty voting history was a public record that would be scrutinized.

The notice includes a “vote report card” rating New Yorkers’ voting records as “excellent,” “good,” “fair” or “incomplete.”

“Many organizations monitor turnout in your neighborhood and are disappointed by the inconsistent voting of many of your neighbors,” it says.

The letter came a week before heavily favored Democratic Gov. Cuomo faces off against Republican Rob Astorino.

Cuomo was not behind the shame letters, party sources insisted.

But Astorino scoffed, “Andrew Cuomo’s thuggish tactics just crossed the line into creepy territory . . . Threatening and intimidating people is not how honorable elected leaders operate.”

3 thoughts on “Democrats threaten public shaming to get voters to polls

  1. The repubs do it too, I got one as well.

    Notice Number: 641131
    Date: October 30, 2014



    Why do so many people fail to vote? We’ve been talking about the problem for years, but it only seems to get worse. This year, we’re taking a new approach. We’re sending this e-mail to you, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues at work, and your community members to publicize who does and does not vote.

    This chart shows the names of some of your friends, your neighbors, and other people you know, showing which have voted in the past. Your voting record is a public record. After the November 4th election, your friends, your neighbors, and other people you know will all be able to find out who voted and who did not vote.


    I left the report out for it has my name, my husbands name as well as others in my area.

  2. BOTH parties are doing things like this, BOTH parties rig electronic voting machines, BOTH parties do NOT want accurate voting, otherwise the actual highest votes win.

    Sites that only report one or the other party only doing this are part of the problem.

  3. I buy guns, ammo and food but I’ve vowed not to ever vote again. The last time I voted was the Ron Paul Primary in 2012. It will take a war to get these communist Jews out of power. The Jews will just keep rigging elections and bringing foreigners into America until they get the communist country that they so desire.

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