Mitch McConnell, like all Republicans facing re-election on Tuesday November 4th is desperate to suppress as many votes as possible. But Mitch’s last-ditch effort to deceive voters may have crossed the line from desperate to illegal with a mailer announcing an “election violation notice” sent out to Kentucky Voters. Democrats are outraged, calling the move an act of “voter suppression.”c
The mailer warns of “possible frauds” and tells voters they are “at risk of acting on fraudulent information.” While the mailer notes it was paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky and authorized by the McConnell Senate Committee ’14, the deceptive wording could confuse voters.
Kentucky Democratic Chair Dan Logsdon said in a statement,
“After trying for 16 months to buy this election, Mitch McConnell and the out-of-state special interests that support him are now trying to steal Kentucky’s Senate seat using questionable and possibly illegal voter suppression tactics. The despicable mailers targeting Kentucky voters with misleading information are just another sign of Mitch McConnell’s desperation as Kentuckians hold him accountable for his 30-year failed record in Washington.”
The McConnell ad consists of attacks on Alison Lundergan Grimes, and claims that she is feeding voters “fraudulent information” and “blatant lies solely to deceive Kentucky voters.”
It is unclear how widely the mailer was sent, but the intent was clear: The goal was not to spread information about Grimes that would be of benefit to voters — the intent was to confuse and keep as many from heading to the polls, or to imply that Grimes is involved in some sort of impropriety.
McConnell is currently polling slightly ahead of the Democratic hopeful. Could this act of deception further cement his lead? Only time will tell.