Now here’s something that should make you scratch your head the next time Democrats opine on voter intimidation.
An organization by the name of the Center for Voter Information has been targeting women with a series of mailers, ostensibly from a Richmond mailing address. The mailers themselves announce that while one’s vote is a private matter, that one actually voted is not… and if you do not vote, the Center for Voter Information states they “may call you to ask about your voting experience” and demand an explanation as to why you did not vote.
A quick search of the Center for Voter Information yields the following website, one that presents itself as standalone organization with no real political bend.
Most voter intimidation is the result of attempting convince a voter not to vote. Yet folks are getting an inside look at how sometimes, voter intimidation works the other way — to scare young women into voting at the risk of being “vote shamed” by organizations such as the Center for Voter Information.
Note the address for this Center for Voter Information. Where is this location you ask?
That’s right — the historic Cary Court Park & Shop (for those who actually do care about the history, it is the first open air shopping center in America and is thought to be the first of its kind in the South — true story).
Nestled in between Richmond Camera, Yoga Source, and the Can Can Restaurant? Is the headquarters of the Center for Information Voters.
That’s right folks — The UPS Store.
Of course, the Center for Voter Information helpfully provides a resource so that those who feel badgered (and intimidated) into voting can helpfully research for themselves
what to think how to vote:
…and the questions in the voters guide that the
Center for Voter Information League of Women’s Voters asks? Support for the equal rights amendment. Redistricting reform. Healthcare access “for all Virginians.”
The questions vary from candidate to candidate, of course. But the lack of honesty and forthrightness from the League of Women Voters is astounding given their reputation.
What’s more, the practice of voter intimidation by publicly “vote shaming” young women voters is truly unethical — and may perhaps even come under the scrutiny of lawyers on both sides skeptical of such tactics.
Of course, voter intimidation is nothing new in American politics. One had assumed that it was a relic of a bygone era. To wit:
Seems as if things haven’t changed much in some quarters. Just the methods.