November 3, 2014 9:10 pm -

The Iowa Republican Party doesn’t believe in the sanctity of the secret ballot.


The GOP is trying to convince Iowa voters on Facebook that their neighbors will know if they voted Republican.

Screenshots of Facebook ads, promoted by the official Facebook page of the Republican National Committee feature an ominous message: “NOTICE: All Voting Is Public.” The ad tell voters that “In a few months, Iowa will release the list of individual who voted in this election.” Most troublingly, the ad includes an arial view of a neighborhood with checkmarks indicating that “These People Voted GOP.”…

The Facebook ads at issue go beyond traditional “vote shaming” by strongly implying that their ballot will not be secret. Two Facebook users who posted screenshots of the ad on social media confirmed to ThinkProgress that they had seen the ads on their Facebook newsfeed.

The RNC and the Iowa GOP did not return requests for comments.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

28 responses to Iowa GOP Wants To Out You If You Don’t Vote Republican

  1. Hass November 3rd, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Surely this cannot be true? This is absurdity of the highest level.

  2. Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    ohhhhhhhhh Pleaseeeeeee !!! Alan, you are sounding like a whining spoiled kid with all the posts today….

    • AAASuperPatriot November 3rd, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      >>Alan, you are sounding like a whining spoiled kid

      Only half as much as the average Fox News pundit.

      • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 3rd, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        Whhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa Whhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa

        • rg9rts November 4th, 2014 at 2:43 am

          And not packin… Piss on her foot TM

      • tracey marie November 3rd, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        politico troll mike t is showing what he is and it is not susie

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 3rd, 2014 at 11:11 pm

          Heeeeeeeeyyyyyyy “Blue Waffle” is here…

        • rg9rts November 4th, 2014 at 2:43 am

          TM don’t waste your time on this twit.. she is a gun nut bagger

          • tracey marie November 4th, 2014 at 11:21 am

            He, that is mike T. Notice I talk at or about but not with it

    • Anomaly 100 November 4th, 2014 at 5:59 am

      Oh come on Susie! I live in Virginia. I’m proud of voting for Obama but damn, there’s some real teabilly types here. The tree removal guy who is supposed to work on my property today, hates, hates hates “evil” Obama and actually believes he wants ISIS to come here.

      When I asked him what he would do to stop ISIS, he gave me a blank stare.

      He called Obama a “piece of sh*t” among other choice words. I never talk politics with strangers and this is one of the reasons. Also, I have Republican friends here who aren’t bonkers. I don’t talk with extremists and I sure as hell don’t want them knowing where I live.

      Too late for the tree removal guy though….

      • OldLefty November 4th, 2014 at 7:12 am

        I find this all the time, and not even with people like your tree guy, but with those in the middle who pay only cursory attention, (like my hairdresser who voted for Bush in 2004 because we were at war, and Obama in 2008 because as a diabetic who works 3 jobs, wanted the public option and voted for the Republican, (“maybe they can do a better job with the public option”, (she never heard of the Democrat who voted FOR the public option in the House)).

        When these people who are often, not partisans, “I think maybe the Republicans might do better on …”

        You say;

        “Actually, the numbers don’t bear that out, the ‘CBO said’, “ISIS’, Every major medical organization has endorsed the handling of Ebola.’,…”

        Their eyes are glazed over, they are not really listening, and often respond with;
        “Well, I don’t know about THAT, but, they say…”

        You WANT to say, “But if you don’t know about “THAT”, then you don’t know what you are talking about..”, and “They” WHO??”(they usually don’t know, but we know that “They” are empty talking heads on the TEE-vee.) but that will only make them feel stupid, and they will only resent you for it.

        People USED to say, (20 years ago), “Where did you hear THAT? I would have to read THAT.”

        Now they just assume that if they never heard of THAT, it should be dismissed.

        At this point, they are already starting to resent you for boring them.

        In two more years, when the media again focuses more on the ACTUAL issues and we see both sides compared side by side on the
        ACTUAL issues, they vote for Democrats, and the cycle begins anew.

        • Anomaly 100 November 4th, 2014 at 7:41 am

          They’re running against Obama and yet the GOP polls lower.

          It’s not just the tree dude. The electrician who got my new home in order hates, hates, hates liberals. He went on and on about them, all the while he had no idea that I’m a liberal blogger. That is, until he was done, then I unleashed my awesome libtardness on him. We’re friendly now. I offered him some coffee and spoke with him about policies and explained that we’re not doomed as long as the two sides can discuss policies and not hatred.

          • OldLefty November 4th, 2014 at 9:04 am

            Often, it really is just the brand, at this point. (With the base)
            Also those who lost the last election are more motivated to vote in the midterms.

        • granpa.usthai November 4th, 2014 at 9:46 am


          is usually my first question when someone (family friend) commented that POTUS Obama is destroying America.

          It usually ends a long meaningless discussion and leaves lots of time to notice better things surrounding your life:

          ever watch a leaf wither on a branch, break and fall?

          It’s what Americans call ‘Autumn’

          meaning: -well, whatever Autumn means


          it’s definitely more interesting than the silence that usually follows – How?.

  3. searambler November 3rd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    At this point, no amount of anti-American gutter politics from Republicans surprises me anymore……

  4. tiredoftea November 3rd, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    This is clear overreach by the right to scare voters. Between Voter ID laws to suppress the vote, gerrymandered safe Repub districts, they are now trying to intimidate the rest of the voters who use their right to vote.

    • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 3rd, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Do you actually even believe it is even true. or just a political ad.

      • tiredoftea November 3rd, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        It’s a political ad. Vote tracking doesn’t happen at the individual level, only by district and polling station. So, the best anyone can do, is infer your vote tendencies by which polling station you vote in.

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 pm

          I concur….

        • Obewon November 3rd, 2014 at 11:52 pm

          Actually today’s push poll calls and email track ‘individual likely voters’ with address matches.

          • tiredoftea November 3rd, 2014 at 11:57 pm

            Correct. I did not add that an individual’s voting activity is publicly available, not for whom a person voted.

          • Obewon November 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 pm

            Yeah but voter donor records are public and are very easily cross-referenced by any database and into any spreadsheet.

          • tiredoftea November 4th, 2014 at 12:21 am

            Unless you’re a 501(c4) and giving millions!!

      • rg9rts November 4th, 2014 at 2:42 am

        Without a gun too

  5. Obewon November 3rd, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Lets cut to the chase. Iowas mere 6 electoral votes went 52% for reelecting POTUS Obama vs 46% for Bishop Romney. GOP buffoons aren’t ever credible e.g (D) Braley 47% (R) Phony Joni Ernst 47% 11/03/2014 Quinnipiac.

  6. rg9rts November 4th, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Does the Gopee believe in anything besides winning at any cost???

  7. fahvel November 4th, 2014 at 3:18 am

    maybe if voting were mandatory if any one uses even one service provided by local or national govts the candidates might be a bit more honest while respecting the wishes of their direct constituents.

    • Larry Schmitt November 4th, 2014 at 7:14 am

      If you use the sidewalks you’re using a service. I don’t think mandatory voting is the way to go. That’s what the totalitarian governments do. Voting is a right, but it’s appreciated more when it’s voluntary.