With the election just days away, you’ve probably seen more political ads…on your TV, your radio, and in your mailbox.
But one piece of mail some area residents have recently received has them wondering about the privacy of their information.
Several residents have received this flyer in the mail recently. On the back is a list of their neighbors’ names and how often they vote in elections. The motivations behind the mail, is now in question.
“I think it would give other people motivation to come knock on my door, to say ‘Hey, you need to vote,’ or ‘Hey, you don’t need to vote,'” said Susquehanna Township resident, Nikkie Janani.
The piece of mail Janani is holding was sent out by the conservative “Club for Growth” Organization with a list of her neighbors’ names and how often they vote in elections.
“What’s the motivation behind this company?” said Janani. “It also makes me wonder why it would be public knowledge as to who’s voting and who’s not?”
“Your name, address, your party affiliation, your voting history, all of that is public information,” said Bethany Salzarulo.
Bethany Salzarulo is Director of Election and Voter Registration in Cumberland County. Her office has received calls from people complaining about the mailer.
“They’re pretty irritated,” said Salzarulo. “And just upset that that kind of information is being spread around their neighborhood.”
One caller even said the information about how often she voted wasn’t even accurate.
“So, we were able to look up her voting history, and determine she did vote more than this flyer indicated she did,” said Salzarulo.
Under voter registration law and regulations, the information is available through the Department of State’s “full voter export” for a fee and can be used for election and political activities.
“We just recommend that they try to get in contact with that group, and please voice your concerns to them,” said Salzarulo. “Because, obviously, we would want them to know that you’re unhappy.”
And the “Club for Growth” issued a statement to ABC27 this afternoon, saying they are using a scientifically proven method to get people to vote, calling it a common practice used by other organizations.