NWR: Voter Shaming/Voter Report Cards

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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5695 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I saw those on the news before and I am all for it. So many people don’t vote then sit back and bitch when they don’t like the person who got elected, and so many people are completely apathetic about voting at the local and regional level that the lawmakers can pretty much do whatever they want. If more people gave a hoot about the “small” elections then maybe there wouldn’t be so many people getting re-elected when no one likes them, or so many people running unopposed.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I received one of those cards that showed the overall voting patterns of my neighborhood, and that “MariContrary” hasn’t voted in the last 4 elections”. Funny thing is that I have, but I recently moved, and this is the first election since then. So to them, it looks like I haven’t voted at all. 

I’m still on the fence of how I feel about them. I know whether I vote or not is public record, but sending that to the entire neighborhood is a bit personal, in my opinion. Particularly since in this case, it was incorrect.

Post # 4
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2256 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I value my privacy HIGHLY.  So the thought of my  name being plasted all over the place for anyone to see (for whatever reason) creeps me out. I’m against it.

Post # 6
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5695 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

amanda.417:  If you truly believe that higher voter turnout for local elections won’t produce real change, I suggest you watch last weekend’s episode of John Oliver’s new show: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/11/03/john_oliver_on_state_legislatures_last_week_tonight_takes_on_alec_local.html

And while showing up to vote is only half the battle– the other half being actually learning about the issues and making an educated decision, not just randomly pushing buttons—- you have to start somewhere.

The voter apathy in America is disturbing and it is continuing to get worse. Celebrity ads on TV haven’t worked. Phone calls, mailers, and grassroots campaigners at your doorstep haven’t worked. The shocking impact of Citizens United should have us all up in arms but the country continues to care less and less about voting. maybe it is time to give negative reinforcement a try.

Post # 7
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5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

amanda.417:  I’ve never heard of that. Totally lame.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is disgusting! Some of these letters, the NYC ones especially, were threatening. Using the voter roles to threaten or intimidate is illegal and should be. Voting is a right and a privilege of living in our republic, not a requirement! Yes, I believe all should vote, but it also isn’t any of anyone’s business wether they do or not. 

Post # 9
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7133 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

That is ridiculous, and very big brother-ish if you ask me. When and if I vote is none of my neighbors’ business.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

I think you should vote for EVERY SINGLE ELECTION. It took me FOUR HOURS to vote today (I had to go multiple places …my polling place and town hall..to fix my name because for some reason it wasn’t on the list I’ve been on since I’ve started voting) I went back and forth to places four times. But guess what, I didn’t give up. So many people would’ve thrown in the towel. 

 

If you feel weird about it being your privacy violated (which I agree and I feel this way also) you get mail with your name. It’s basically the same concept. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I got one of those… and I liked it. It really made me kick my  a s s  into gear. I am a huge proponent of voting and in the last election I didn’t request an absentee ballot on time. I am glad that this time the postcard had voting in the forefront of my mind. I can understand why you’re uncomfortable with it, but I don’t think it is very “threatening” as a PP called it. And people shouldn’t be reading your mail anyway… THAT is the only part that is a crime in this situation. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

amanda.417:  also, I might be wrong but I’m guessing we live in the same state based on your name and your comment about the constitutional questions. Hiiiii friend! I promise not to tell if you vote! lol

Post # 13
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6624 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it’s appalling. No one knows the person’s individual circumstances. How dare some political group shame and embarrass them. A good friend of mine was sitting next to her father on his deathbed today- I forgive her for not voting this time around.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think its just as absurd and just as “tasteless” as the judge mental people who picket.

if you are politically ignorant you have no place at the polls. That is no excuse for shaming.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

HoorayLouLou:  I don’t get mail with my neighbors’ names and information about them. This is not like regular mail.

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