First there was the attempted purge of 45,00 voters from the voting rolls, then came the billboards in black neighborhoods in Cleveland. Now it is letters through the mail. One can only imagine what the Election Day intimidation will bring.
The Toledo Blade reported on Thursday that some voters in Ohio received a letter from a conservative group known as Americans for Limited Government. The letter shows the recipient her voting history, showing that she voted in 2004 and 2008. It even has a “Notice Number”: 47494705, the meaning of which is not explained. It also shows the voting history of six others who live on her street. “As a further service, we will be updating our records after the expected high turnout for the Tuesday, November, 6, 2012 election. We will then send an updated vote history audit to you and your neighbors with the results.”
The letter was signed by William A. Walter who claims to be president of the organization that sent the letter.
The GOP has fought hard here in the Buckeye State to limit voting this year. The party is shrinking as grumpy old white men are dying off and replacements are hard to find. Yet, rather than opening its doors to fresh ideas and more moderate philosophy, it continues to turn hard-right, limiting its appeal to citizens. Thus, the GOP is forced to attempt voter intimidation as well as overt tactics to limit access to the ballot.
As early voting moves forward here in Ohio, Republicans are furious at the process. Letters to the editor from the right wing condemn the process because, well, you-know-who don’t have to wait for Election Day and ED intimidation is subsequently diluted. Ohioans can look forward 4 years from now to even more restrictions on voting rights.