Jonathan Coulton, a Brooklyn-based musician according to his verified Twitter account, posted a photo of a letter Thursday night with the caption: “I think the Democrats just threatened me.”
What did the letter say? You can read it below:
I think the Democrats just threatened me: pic.twitter.com/wGvYInosk5
— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) October 30, 2014
The letter resembles those circulating around North Carolina pressuring Americans to vote in the midterm elections.
WRAL-TV describes the situation in North Carolina:
Voters in at least four counties – Wake, Durham, Orange and New Hanover – report receiving two different versions of letters from the [Democratic] party. One gives them a “report card” on their prior voting history – most are deemed “average” – while the other suggests the voter in question would be surveyed as to whether or not they cast a ballot in this year’s general election.
The letters use Democratic Party logos, and the survey letter is signed by Patsy Keever, who is given the title of “election day coordinator” on the letter. Keever is a former state representative who is a vice chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. The letters carry a disclaimer that they were “Paid for by the North Carolina Democratic Party.”
Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday called the North Carolina letters “voter shaming” and predicted the effort would backfire the way it seemingly has in Coulton’s case (though it is certainly possible Coulton was joking about feeling “threatened” and intends to vote Democrat).
“If you ask me, this kind of thing could backfire big time,” Limbaugh said. “What is the main African-American argument against voter ID…? The primary agent of fear employed is, ‘They don’t care whether you vote! They want to find out where you are. The ‘man’ wants to find out who you are. The man wants to be able to track you.’”
Limbaugh said Democrats scared voters into thinking they’ll be tracked if voter ID laws pass, and then “turned around [and] sent out letters that promise to track whether these people vote or not.” It could end up scaring voters rather than shaming them, he said.
“I’m not sure how this is gonna play out,” Limbaugh concluded. “But once again, it’s another sign of desperation on the Democrat Party side about the election and voter turnout and all of these things that are tied into it.”
TheBlaze reached out to Coulton for more information about the letter, but did not receive an immediate response.