Mitch McConnell Sued by Democratic Challenger for Very Obvious Voter Intimidation

With only a few days to go in the 2014 midterm election cycle, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger facing Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has sued McConnell over an obviously misleading mailer allegedly originating from the Kentucky Republican Party and the McConnell re-election campaign.

The front of the mailer features an all-caps notice informing recipients of an “ELECTION VIOLATION.” Additional text notifies voters of “possible fraud” and goes on to say, “You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information.” However, upon further reading, the misleading accusations segue into a series of attacks on Grimes — accusing her of spreading lies and distortions.

It’s obvious to anyone with a brain that the Republicans want voters to think they might be committing voter fraud of some sort, and to consequently stay home on Election Day. The real irony here is that the GOP have been screaming about voter fraud as a wafer-thin excuse for Voter ID laws and other forms of Jim Crow era disenfranchisement, and then they engage in tactics like this. But overall, this is in keeping with the entire strategy that includes Voter ID, purges and so forth: reduce the number of voters. Fewer voters means a better result for the GOP. It’s a plot as old as Paul Weyrich’s infamous “goo-goo syndrome” speech in which admitted that Republican “leverage in the election goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

Worse, it looks like McConnell will win this one with a polling lead of around five points. But why not attempt to suppress turnout anyway, you know, for the down-ballot races as well.

Full text of the law suit below.

Grimes Campaign Complaint – 10.31.14

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