TAMPA BAY, Florida - A day after 10 News reported on "Vote History Audits" publicizing your voting record to your neighbors, new "Voter Report Cards" are getting the attention of local elections officials too. It's all in an apparent attempt to peer pressure carefully-selected voters into casting ballots, and it's all legal.
Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley sent the new mailer (read the front; back) to 10 News, concerned groups were using intimidation techniques to turn out the vote. The "voter report card" was sent by a liberal group while the "voter history audit" was sent by a conservative group.
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It's not clear how targeted the voting record mailers were, and there's indication the voting histories publicized may not even be accurate.
But since voting histories are public record in Florida, accessible to anybody, we likely haven't seen the end of the technique. Especially since there are indications it is successful in pressuring voters to cast ballots.
10 News regularly uses voting records in reporting as well, including recent stories on how few Occupy Tampa protesters had voted and which state legislators skipped voting in the primary.
Previous #ProtectYourVote coverage:
10/31/12 - Group exposing your voting history to your neighbors...legally
10/30/12 - Some voters didn't know their precinct changed
10/29/12 - Voting problems? 10 News will investigate
10/26/12 - Are 11 ballot amendments intentionally confusing?
10/24/12 - FBI investigating phony letters to Fla. Republicans
10/23/12 - Fla. Division of Elections warns about phony letters
10/11/12 - Obama campaign illicitly in Pasco schools?
10/3/12 - RPOF vendor investigated for fake registrations
10/2/12 - Supervisor warns of misleading robocalls
4/23/11 - Critics claim new voting bill will suppress voters
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