Voters Cry Foul: Voting Records Published To Neighbors

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 5:16 PM EST

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Some of the mail you open in the days leading up to Tuesday's election may include a report card with a grade on your voting record, and those of your neighbors.

It's raising a bit of a fuss across the Hoosier state.

Complaints have been rolling into the Indiana Secretary of State's office.

We all know turnout in the Presidential race could be huge in determining the winner.

This week, local voters are receiving mailers from "Americans for Limited Government".

They show the recipient's name, and those of immediate neighbors, and list who voted and who didn’t in 2008 and 2010.

A different mailer circulating provides a voting comparison between you and your neighborhood at-large.

The law permits publishing if you voted, but not whom you vote for.

" I don’t think it’s anyone’s business,” says Meghan Sproch, an Allen County voter.

“But it may put pressure on other people to vote, who haven’t voted in the past,” says Sproch.

" These pieces of mail are relatively cheap to produce, and because of technology, the records are also easier to access, so, we may be seeing much more of this," says Thomas Schneider, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of St. Francis.

The Secretary of State's office says it has taken numerous complaints, and that many Hoosiers are reporting that their voting records, as stated in the letter, were inaccurate.

The Secretary of State is advising folks to disregard the letters.

The information is provided by the state to political parties and legislative caucuses, but the records can be accessed from county voter registration offices.

Someone can find out if you've voted, but records of how you voted, that's outside the bounds.




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