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Hot Air has been fulminating about an iPhone app developed for the Obama campaign which can identify registered Democrats in any given location, possibly excluding Chicago-area cemeteries.

The end-user types in his current location. The app returns a Google map of the area that flags households with one or more registered Democrats. Clicking on one of the blue flags reveals the first name, last initial, age, and gender of Democratic voters who live there.

Inasmuch as this information is hardly secret, and campaigns get lists from the Election Board on a regular basis, I’m not sure what Hot Air is steamed about, though they did say this:

The question is why Obama for America thinks the average man on the street should have it at his fingertips.

Were the average man on the street a Republican, he too could have an app like this, were it not for the fact that your average GOP higher-up has the technical smarts of — well, your average GOP higher-up, who still marvels that a VCR can change to Daylight Saving Time in the spring. And I question any and all GOP get-out-the-vote strategies, based on personal experience: I always get a visit from the Democratic candidate for our House district, while the Republican politely leaves me a card, and is never heard from again. It’s as though the GOP is too embarrassed to sell the product.

(Via Don Quixote.)





3 comments

  1. Bill Peschel »

    6 August 2012 · 9:33 pm

    Clever headline.

    That doesn’t bother me, either, although I would love it if it had a “report abuse” button that sends an email to the local voter registration office.

  2. Brett »

    6 August 2012 · 9:41 pm

    And yet, for all their hard work in finding voters, our state Democratic Party seems to be unable to find candidates. Even before I switched from Dem to Ind, I used to say nobody could do more to make me vote GOP than my own party did.

  3. CGHill »

    6 August 2012 · 9:47 pm

    My own district (87), on the red/blue continuum, is kinda purple; the GOP has held the House seat for a while, but has never won it by more than a few percentage points, and the effect of redistricting is not yet clear.

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