Then there was this one. My voting report card.
What? Someone's grading my voting? Well, someone was checking how often I vote. I knew that campaigns do that, because they particularly target the people who vote all the time. Do I didn't think too much about it until I saw this post at Immoral Minority that was citing a report at KTUU about letters to people telling them how often their neighbors vote - by name! That's takes this a step further. This one comes from America Votes, what appears to be a liberal PAC. The letter with the neighbors' names and voting records apparently comes from The Opportunity Alliance PAC, conservative group. At their website - Alaska Votes - you can plug in your address and see how often your neighbors vote. KTUU cites the letter:
“This year, we’re taking a new approach,” ASVP members wrote. “We’re sending this mailing to you, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues at work, and your community members to publicize who does and does not vote.”It's not clear to me how long the organization has existed and thus whether the 'this year' is misleading or not.
The KTUU piece talks about people's outrage over their voting record being circulated like this. This is public information, though it's tricky for members of the public to get it. I know parties and candidates pay for lists of people's voting records. I'm trying to think about reasons why people's voting record (whether they voted, not how they voted) should be kept secret or made public like this. Would more people vote if this information was readily available? I'm guessing they would.
But then this led to the backers of Opportunity Alliance PAC - mainly Paul Singer. Now, he's an interesting person and I'll focus on that in another post soon.