Shortly before the 2016 New Hampshire primary, a group backing John Kasich for president mailed controversial campaign fliers to Granite State voters bearing the ominous message “What if your friends, your neighbors, and your community knew whether you voted?”
While the Kasich team’s role in the “voter shaming” effort was not revealed until well after the primary, the mailers caused an immediate stir in New Hampshire and raised claims of voter intimidation and privacy violations.
Last week, many voters in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District received similar mailers from the Republican National Committee on behalf of state Sen. Troy Balderson, R-Zanesville, ahead of next week’s special election.
“Neighbors talk,” the glossy missive says. “What will your neighbors say about you if you don’t vote? Remember, voting is public record.” The other side of the one-page sheet touts Balderson and bashes his Democratic opponent, Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor.
An earlier RNC mailing was even more pointed: “If you don’t vote and liberal Danny O’Connor wins, what will you tell your neighbors?”