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'Voter report card' unauthorized, Martin's office says

By Katie Doherty

This article was published May 13, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said Tuesday that some voters are receiving letters purporting to be from an entity calling itself the Arkansas State Voter Program that publicize which of the recipient's neighbors have voted.

The letter "was not issued or authorized by the Secretary of State's Election Division, nor is this program from a registered business entity in the state of Arkansas," Martin's office said in a statement.

The mailings contain a "voter report card" that lists the recipient's neighbors' names, addresses and voting histories dating back to November 2010, according to one mailing obtained from the secretary of state's office. The mailing also said it intended to send out updated charts after the May 20 primary.

While that information is public record, the secretary of state's office has received complaints from voters unsettled by the mailings. An estimate of how many letters have been received and a complete list of counties to which they have been sent wasn't immediately available, but secretary of state spokesman Laura Labay said the mailings have been received in Searcy County, among others.

The Arkansas State Voter Program is a project of A Public Voice Inc., a nonprofit organization registered in Ohio. The mailers list a return address of an office building in Bentonville, though no suite number is given.

The secretary of state's office asks anyone who has received one of these letters to call Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office at (501) 682-2007.

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Reason says... May 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

It's just more GOP voter intimidation suppression.

Time for somebody to go to jail!

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RBBrittain says... May 13, 2014 at 11:45 p.m.

I'm no fan of voter ID myself, but why would this be "GOP voter intimidation suppression"? This is scaring people TO the polls, NOT away from them. And yes this *is* public record; as long as they're not saying "vote for (or against) X" and not misleading people into thinking it's an official government publication (the AG will have to decide on that one), it's perfectly legal. (They COULD have even legally disclosed whether you voted in the Democratic or Republican primary in May 2012, but they didn't.)

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Reason says... May 14, 2014 at 7:52 a.m.

According to other news sources the letter is designed to scare people into thinking that your neighbors knows how you voted. That is intimidation. Intimidation is voter suppression. Also, If it contains any threat to injure the reputation of the addressee [voter], they could be looking at 10 years in prison.
So yes, it needs to be turned over to the proper authorities, Attorney General, Postal Inspectors, FBI....

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