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New York - Democratic Party Leaders In NY Rile Constituents With Threats Of Retaliation If They Don't Vote

Published on: October 31, 2014 01:12 PM
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FILE - A voter sits in a wheelchair at a booth to fill out a ballot during the Democratic primary election in New York June 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz FILE - A voter sits in a wheelchair at a booth to fill out a ballot during the Democratic primary election in New York June 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

New York - The New York State Democratic Committee is coming under fire after sending out an ill-conceived letter to constituents promising retribution if they don’t show up at the polls next Tuesday.

NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1ucP83D) reports that the letter, which party members began receiving Wednesday, contains intimidating messages, like, “Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record” and “We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”


According to committee records, the letter was sent to over one million registered New York Democrats who didn’t vote during the last mid-term elections in 2010.

One political insider said that even members inside the party are critical of the letter, which he called “unnecessary and inappropriate.”

Recipients of the letter in Manhattan and Brooklyn echoed that sentiment, with one anonymous recipient calling it “ludicrous and menacing.”

A committee spokesman, Peter Kauffmann, defended the letter, saying it’s “part of a nationwide response” to tactics used by Republicans to enact “voter-suppression.”

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 01:54 PM Rafuel Says:

Yosef Stalin, yimach shmo vzichro, is smiling somewhere.


 Oct 31, 2014 at 04:13 PM amerikaner Says:

it is your right to VOTE REPUBLICAN IN NOVEMBER - don't be afraid from the democRATS - they don't care about you at all


 Nov 01, 2014 at 08:38 PM Yitzchok848 Says:



 Nov 01, 2014 at 08:44 PM Anonymous Says:

It's "business as usual " around these parts .


 Nov 02, 2014 at 12:50 PM yankee96 Says:

and yet these low lifes win all the time and control nyc with their progressive/liberal votes


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