Vote shaming

As if the constant barrage of phone calls, mailers, advertising, and 24 hour news wasn’t enough, some Linn County residents are being questioned about fulfilling their civic duty to vote.  It’s called “vote shaming” and this isn’t the first election it’s been used in Linn County.

Unfortunately, vote shaming is believed to be effective in increasing voter turnout.  But as usual, it’s a one-size-fits-all approach and it does not care if someone had a reason for not voting, e.g., an auto accident, a relative died, or a house fire.

And what if the organization doing the shaming was using outdated voter records and sent the shaming letter to a deceased voter who has a surviving spouse?

The Dillons who live in Hiawatha were not pleased to receive their shaming letters and complained to me – see

Sorry, but I cannot do anything stop or regulate shaming letters; however, maybe your local legislator can do something?  Don’t know who to contact?  Find your legislator and how to contact them by using our lookup tool.  -Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor


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