Missouri residents were split in their response to a mailer sent out last week assigning voters letter grades based on participation in recent elections and listing neighbors’ scores. Some called it an invasion of privacy; others applauded the effort to keep voters engaged.
Grow Missouri sent the mailers last week to encourage voters to participate in Tuesday’s election, the state’s first general election in close to 25 years that doesn’t feature a race for president, U.S. Senate or governor.
Grow Missouri is funded by St. Louis-area financier Rex Sinquefield, the state’s biggest political donor. The group’s treasurer, Aaron Willard, told the Associated Press Grow Missouri wasn’t advocating for any particular candidate with the mailers.
“We’re not advocating for a candidate or campaign,” Willard said. “It’s simply that we want people to be more involved and engaged.”