The Daily Beast:
On Friday night, images began circulating from an Iowa resident showing a mailer from Ted Cruz’s campaign shaming people into going to caucus on Monday.
An image of the mailer, yellow with an all-caps header in red reading “Voting Violation,” was shared on Twitter by Tom Hinkeldey of Alta, Iowa. He said he was inspired to caucus on Monday for Marco Rubio instead as a result of the cloying mailer.
The text on the manila envelope-looking piece read: “You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.”
In addition to this, the mailer listed Hinkeldey’s wife’s name as well as a group of his neighbors, all of whom, according to the mailer, get ‘F’ grades for their voting history.
According to the Iowa Secretary of State the mailers misrepresent Iowa election law.
Not only that but the guy who brought this mailer to attention of the media, Tom Hinkeldey, responded in this way.
I am not sure if there will be any consequences to the Cruz campaign for distributing private information like this to people's neighbors, but there should be.
Sadly it appears that the Cruz campaign might have been inspired by a similar incident that happened up here in Alaska back in 2014.
Great. You know when I say I want Alaska to lead the nation, this is NOT what I have in mind.