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  • Be careful what you wish for—#COSen edition



    When Colorado's Democratic legislature passed a law two years ago that changed the way their state would vote — everyone now receives ballots in the mail, which they can either send back or return in person — the idea was that it would help Democrats win elections by increasing turnout among the poorer, younger, browner, more Democratic voters who tend not to vote as routinely as their richer, older, whiter, more Republican counterparts.

    But the plan may have backfired. 

    Early data is showing that there was a 100,000 jump in voters age 65 or older between 2010 and this year—and 2010 was a senior-heavy year. If those numbers hold, the Centennial State's new vote-by-mail law could be the reason: the Colorado Republican Party made "a key strategic decision to invest heavily in a huge direct mailing sent out two months before Election Day." 

    Here's how it works: Granny gets a mailer from the GOP at the same time she receives her ballot. Granny remembers to vote. And Granny usually votes Republican.  

    The Udall field operation is three times as large as the last Democratic senatorial effort in Colorado, and it very well may have boosted Democratic turnout this cycle. But if the vote-by-mail law also brought more senior citizens into the fold, then the Democrats' best-laid plans were all for naught. 

    As the old adage says: Be careful what you wish for—you just might get it.  
    by Andrew Romano edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 2:54:15 AM
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