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Democrats traditionally struggle with voter turnout in midterm elections, but are they willing to go so far as to threaten voters to get them to the polls this year?
One voter feels as if a letter he received from the New York State Democratic Committee may have done just that.
“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014. If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not,” the ominous letter reads.
Jonathan Coulton posted an image of the “creepy letter” on Twitter — have a look and see if you pick up on a veiled threat:
I think the Democrats just threatened me: pic.twitter.com/wGvYInosk5
— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) October 30, 2014
According to The New York Post, the letter went out to 1 million registered Democrats who did not vote in the previous midterm election, and included a report card that rated voters — the grades were “excellent,” “good,” “fair” or “incomplete.”
The party said it received a number of calls about the letter, but defended it nonetheless.
Peter Kauffmann, a committee spokesman, told the Post: “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.”
Interestingly, voters in Florida were dealing with a similar occurrence.
As might be expected, social media users were quick to respond to Coultin’s tweet with their own take on the letter — here are a few replies, as seen on Twitter:
@jonathancoulton Holy Creepy Letter Batman!
— Tim Rayburn (@TRayburn) October 30, 2014
@jonathancoulton “That’s a nice house you have. It’d be a shame if some arsonist would learn, that you haven’t voted.”
— Azuranski (@Azuranski) October 30, 2014
@jonathancoulton Clown car stuff. Can’t believe they thought this would be a good idea.
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) October 30, 2014
@jonathancoulton “This is a real nice democracy you got here. It’d be a shame if something were to… happen to it.”
— Chris Gladis (@MShades01) October 30, 2014
@jonathancoulton They’re gonna ask you to meet them at the dumpsters out back and fight.
— hpkomicandycorn (@hpkomic) October 30, 2014
— The HAPPY DM (@TheAngryDM) October 31, 2014
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