Shamailer

vote shaming mailer

Yesterday I got a “shaming” letter in the mail.

Typically, I toss any and all mailers in the recycling. Most of them are junk – advertising goods and services I’m don’t care about. This one, pointed out to me by my son, was from Citizens for a Better Florida, an Orlando-based PAC that calls itself an Electioneering Communications Organization.

It appears to be a “get out the vote” campaign. In and of itself, not a bad thing. What bothered me about this one, was that it listed eight residents on my street, by name and address, and indicated whether they had voted in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

There was a warning that after the Nov. 4 vote, another mailer would be sent with a list of neighbors who voted – or didn’t, by omission from the list.

While who we voted for is privileged, whether we voted or not apparently is public record.

Yes, a member of my family was shown not to have voted in 2010. Of course he was only 17 at the time, but that bit of information wasn’t included.

Everything about my voting record should be private. It should be my right, and my right alone, whether to divulge who I voted for, or didn’t vote for, in any specific election.

What did this PAC expect me to do with this information? Do I now go door to door and demand my neighbors vote next Tuesday? Do I worry about vandals since a member of my family did not vote illegally in 2010?

I actually look forward to elections. I take my civic duty seriously. I do my due diligence and research the candidates. This mailer has taken some of the fun out of it for me. I don’t do well with intimidation. Tell me I have to do something, and you’ll likely get the opposite response.

If I were to listen to my Curmudgeon Spirit Animal, I’d take this mailer, tear it up on the lawn of my nearest voting precinct, and NOT vote on Tuesday.

When did shaming become the national motivator for everything?

23 thoughts on “Shamailer

  1. I’m a Canadian so maybe I ought not wade in these waters but I always vote and would pissed if I ever got such a manipulative piece of mail. Please feel free to correspond with the source and express how unhappy you are with them for invading your neighbor’s privacy.

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    1. I checked out the originating source and have an address. I don’t think expressing my disfavor will doing anything to make them stop future mailings, but it will definitely make me feel better.

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  2. That is really odd, but, it seems right on par with all the other privacy violations we’ve faced the past few years. it seems to be right on par with all the negative campaign ads being thrown around too. I’d rather have my name on a “did not vote” list than to vote for anyone who uses negativity and defamation in order to win an election. I’m not happy with any of my choices this election.

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    1. Negative ads aggravate me too. I don’t want to hear what you think is wrong with an opponent, tell me what you’re going to do for your constituents. I’m not happy with my choices either. It’s bad when you feel that it’s a matter of picking the lesser of two evils.

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    1. It was such an odd mailer. I’ve never gotten anything like it before. Plenty of campaign crap, but no “do this or we’ll out you” kind of thing. I can’t figure that out.

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  3. Are you serious? Makes me wonder if my community does this as well. I’m 23 and registered but have never voted. I didn’t vote in the past for personal reasons. At the end of the day, that’s no one else’s business.

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      1. What about the reaction of those neighbors who consistently vote? Some frown upon those who fail to exercise their right to vote.

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          1. I think it is an awful idea. Now that you mention this, I think my community does something similar in that they exclude those who have never voted. I’ve been able to vote for five years now and have yet to ever receive anything about voting while everyone around me does because they vote.

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            1. I’ve heard! Up here, folks can be a bit passive. For example, when questionable decisions are made, very few actually dispute these decisions and as a result they become codified in our law books. Unfortunately, change requires more than one person. I cannot bring about change alone. If only more people were on board, we’d make a difference…

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            2. I’m putting a lot of faith in my daughter’s generation. The 20-something Millennials may be our last hope to make a difference, for the good.

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