Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has filed for an immediate injunction to stop Mitch McConnell from sending out a mailer that is designed to keep people from voting on Election Day.
Here is the mailer that McConnell is trying to use to suppress the vote:
The mailer looks like an official document, but it’s not. The presentation is designed to scare voters with “ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE” in all caps across the envelope. The letter warns the recipient that, “You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information.” The mailer is clearly voter intimidation and suppression tactic.
The Grimes campaign has responded by going to court to force McConnell to stop the voter intimidation tactics. Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said, “Of all the terrible things Mitch McConnell has done during this 30 year career in Washington, this last-ditch campaign he authorized to intimidate Kentuckians and prevent them from exercising their right to vote is unquestionably his most despicable.”
McConnell’s voter suppression effort has caused election officials in Eastern Kentucky to issue an alert, “Tonight, an alert for Eastern Kentucky voters. The Perry County Clerk and others called us today concerned about a campaign flyer mailed to folks across the coverage area…Perry County Clerk Haven King says you should not worry if you received one of these. “This means nothing; I don’t know what people are trying to do. There’s nothing fraudulent to my knowledge going on and the people in Perry County if you are registered to vote, you will be able to vote and you will be able to vote at your precinct.”
It looked like Mitch has taken the lead in the Kentucky Senate race, but his voter intimidation efforts are certain to backfire, and give Alison Lundergan Grimes the opening that she needed to seal the deal with Kentucky voters. McConnell may have saved his biggest mistake for last as the Kentucky Senator might be in the process of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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