Missouri mailer grades neighbors' voting records

Oct 30, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A voter report card mailer is grading residents on how often they vote compared to their neighbors and some Missourians aren't happy.

Grow Missouri sent the mailers the week before the Nov. 4 election to spur residents into voting during the first general election in nearly a quarter-century featuring no race for president, U.S. Senate or governor.

The group is financed by investment firm founder Rex Sinquefield, the state's most prominent political donor.

The voter report cards give letter grades to voters based on participation and then list neighbors' scores. The mailer says it might issue another report after the election.

Some residents say the mailer is an invasion of privacy, even though voting records are public. Efforts nationwide have met similar complaints.