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NY Post: Democrats Send Bully Letters Shaming 1M Voters

Friday, 31 October 2014 09:45 AM

Desperate Democrats in New York sent out shaming letters to 1 million voters this week in a bullying tactic to get them to the polls, the New York Post reported.

The New York State Democratic Committee mailed the "threatening" letters this week to registered Democrats who had not voted in the 2010 midterms, warning them it will know whether they vote or not on November 4, the paper said.

"Who you vote for is your secret," the letter says. "But whether or not you vote is public record. We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014."

The notice concludes with what the Post says is 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 note says.

The letter has been slammed by party officials, with one Democratic consultant claiming that it's a dreadful way to motivate voters.

"It's a threatening letter," the insider told the paper. "It's a scare piece that is unnecessary and inappropriate."

Angry residents in Brooklyn and Manhattan who received the note called it "ludicrous and menacing," and said it was a blatant attempt to shame them into voting, according to the Post.

The letter and accompanying postcard contained the phone number of Election Protection, a nonpartisan voting organization, which has since received a "significant" number of complaints about the note.

The committee, chaired by former New York Gov. David Paterson, claimed that the scare tactic is 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."

The letter also came under attack from GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, who is hoping to unseat the heavy favorite Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Andrew Cuomo's thuggish tactics just crossed the line into creepy territory," Astorino said. "Threatening and intimidating people is not how honorable elected leaders operate."

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