Want to know why we need to have a photo ID for every voter? Here's a good example.
Three separate mailers from the State of Texas.
What are they?
Voter registration forms, already completed except for a couple of slots, and ready to mail back to Austin.
One problem -- none of these three individuals actually exist.
My wife and I subscribe to some magazines under these names, to keep track of who is selling our information to whom.
Looks like the Secretary of State's office is buying.
And if we were significantly less honest, we could have created three fictitious voters.
Makes you wonder how many folks out there are not so honest.
UPDATE -- 6/15/2012: Commenter Fred notes that this address is not a state building as it appeared, but is actually a UPS Store male drop. Further examination indicates that the mailer in fact is from a non-profit -- "The Voter participation Center" -- and not an office of the Texas Secretary of State. Here's a bit of info about the group.
The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States dedicated to increasing voter registration, voting and civic activity among unmarried women, people of color and 18-29 year olds. The organization is based in Washington, D.C. and was formerly named Women's Voices Women Vote (WVWV). The VPC designs, tests and carries out voter registration and turnout programs. It also produces research material on demographic and voting trends among traditionally under-represented groups, with a particular focus on unmarried women.
Further research shows that the "non-partisan" group is reliably liberal and partnered with other reliably liberal groups to get the vote out -- presumably for the
right left candidates.