The Lakely family received in its mailbox today a postcard titled “Illinois Voter Audit,” helpfully letting me know “which of your neighbors voted, and who didn’t.” (Pardon the fact that the picture of the postcard is in pieces. My wife tore it up in disgust before I got home.)
On the back of the postcard was the following text:
One of the worst problems with our democratic system is that people fail to vote.
Voting is a public record and we’ve conducted an audit of voters in your neighborhood. This is a chart showing their vote histories.
Do you want your neighbors to know you didn’t vote?
This data comes directly from the Illinois State Board of Elections
DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY — VOTE!
A project of the Illinois Voter Program
The chart, which allegedly includes the names of my neighbors (which I’ve removed) says I did not vote in 2010. (See the pic below.) Well, I did vote in 2010, my first in Illinois. I was excited to be a part of the Tea Party wave that year. So … either the Illinois Voter Program is lying, or the most corrupt state in the union didn’t accept my ballot. That’s a real toss-up.
It is also interesting to note that the “Illinois Voter Audit” comes to me from a P.O. Box in Overland Park, Kansas, and one can not find a website for this shadowy organization. WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois did a story on this mailing, and it was also covered at ChicagoNow.
I don’t know whether this mailing is creepy, outrageous, or pathetic. I’ll go with a bit of all three. I was not initimidated, and I’d guess it’s tame by Chicago-area standards.
Speaking of Chicago-area election standards, when I voted today, the poll worker gave me two ballots. I guess that’s the standard Chicagoland voting starter kit. This is only my third election here.