My story: New Mexico’s GOP sent these mailer saying “your neighbors will know” if you vote Democrat.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__)
The menacing flier shows a paranoid woman peeking through the blinds of her window, ostensibly watching her no-good liberal neighbors who have the audacity to elect Democratic officials. On the flip side of the mailer, a bird’s-eye view of a residential area has animated check marks hovering above certain homes, suggesting it will be known how people voted, and marked accordingly if they don’t vote Republican.
While it’s a matter of public record if you’ve voted, a secret ballot election ensures that no one will know how you’ve voted.
“You’ve got to go out, and you’ve got to get your friends, and you’ve got to get everybody you know, and you gotta watch the polling booths,” Trump said at a Pennsylvania two weeks ago. “I hear too many bad stories, and we can’t lose an election because of — you know what I’m talking about.”
An investigation by a law professor of municipal, primary, special and general elections from 2000 through 2014 revealed only of voter fraud out of 1 billion ballots cast.
Democrats and Republicans alike have expressed concern that Trump’s undemocratic language will normalize undemocratic behavior. These latest fliers from the New Mexico Republican Party demonstrate these concerns are valid.