Individuals’ voting history is no secret. But the information shouldn’t be used by groups to browbeat folks to go vote on Tuesday.
Yet that’s what being done in states like Alaska and Louisiana, where close races have spurred political action groups with money to send emails and letters to people about their voting histories and those of people they know, The Associated Press reports.
The Alaska State Voter Program is one group targeting voters. Another is Americans for Prosperity, pushing to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat. The conservative group is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers in Kansas.
It is free country, and the Supreme Court now makes it possible for more corporate money to flow into efforts to sway elections. But individual voters pay the price in the costly annoyance.