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10,000 Missouri Voters Received Republican Mailers With False Voting Information
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48301"><span class="small">Jessica M. Goldstein, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Saturday, 20 October 2018 13:05

Goldstein writes: "Some 10,000 voters in Missouri received mailers with incorrect information about the dates for their absentee ballots were due. The source? The Missouri Republican Party."

Voters at a polling precinct. (photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images)
Voters at a polling precinct. (photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images)


10,000 Missouri Voters Received Republican Mailers With False Voting Information

By Jessica M. Goldstein, ThinkProgress

20 October 18


The GOP says the whole thing was the result of a "miscommunication" with the printer.

ome 10,000 voters in Missouri received mailers with incorrect information about the dates for their absentee ballots were due. The source? The Missouri Republican Party.

Ray Bozarth, the party’s executive director, admitted that his party was responsible for the misleading information but insisted the incorrect date was caused not by malice or an effort at voter suppression.

It was, he said, simply “the result of a miscommunication between the party and its vendor, which he declined to name,” as the Kansas City Star reported.

“Bozarth also did not say how the miscommunication occurred,” the daily added.

The Star obtained a photo of the mailer, which bears a bright red bar and the words “URGENT NOTICE” emblazoned in all-caps, urging voters to get their mail-in ballots sent “today.”

It also says, ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, which is not the case. Ballots are due on election day, Nov. 6, and requests for mail-in ballots aren’t due until Wednesday, Oct. 31.

According to The Star, Bozarth believes the ballots were sent to “likely Republican voters” as part of a get-out-the-vote effort. These voters should expect to receive correct information “very soon.”

Asked if he was concerned some voters might not vote as a result of the confusion, he said he was “very confident in the Missouri Republican Party’s get-out-the-vote effort.”

The error-ridden mass mailing comes amid numerous reported cases of incorrect or sometimes misleading information being distributed to voters across the United States — as well as outright efforts to suppress votes in some areas — ahead of next month’s narrowly-contested midterm election for control of Congress.

One of the hardest-fought races pits the state’s incumbent US Senator Claire McCaskill against Republican challenger Josh Hawley, the state attorney general for Missouri.

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+5 # Working Class 2018-10-21 12:59
Why should this surprise anyone? Just add it to the list of crooked efforts by the GOP to stop people from voting. There is the GOP effort in N Dakota to suppress the Native American vote by requiring ID's with street addresses (many reservation residents don't have a street address) and all the voter ID laws passed by various GOP controlled states aimed at voters of color and the poor. Then theres is the voter list purging, all too often based on totally subjective standards. The GOP is famous for the dirty trick of mailing false information to voters, especially those whose demographic group votes predominantly Democratic. In Washington State tens of thousands of union members received mailings with the Washington State Labor Council logo urging union members to write in former office holders with recognizable names, but who aren't running for office. The culprit a GOP associated group. Let us recognize all these efforts for what they really are. All the efforts to keep people from voting, and/or to misdirect voters with dishonest and misleading information, is nothing less than an admission by the GOP/Conservativ e groups that they know their ideas can't stand on their own in a free and open marketplace of democracy. They know they can't run on taking from the many to ensure the already wealthy get an ever bigger and bigger slice of the nations economic pie.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2018-10-22 01:43
Well said, Working Class, well said.