I have the great and dubious honor of living in a swing state this year. Great, because North Carolina, while sometimes close, hasn't been a swing state in my lifetime. Dubious, because I'm a registered "unaffiliated" voter (I've been unaffiliated or independent, whatever the designation was in the state that I was living in, my whole life.) Because of that, I'm getting mail from both parties this year. The mail from the Dems? Clean, positive. No attacks. Information on how to vote early, how you can register during the early voting period if you aren't registered, and yea, we'd prefer it if you voted Dem, here's how to fill out your ballot.
The mail from the Republicans? It's all vicious, angry, and attacking. For the presidential race, the mailings don't even have McCain/Palin on them, just pictures of Obama and the Lists of His Transgressions. The one today was overtly racial, with a listing of how Obama is Going to Screw you on Your Taxes, with pictures of smiling white families. All of the people pictured (well, except for Obama) were white.
The mailing for lieutenant governor helpfully had a list of issues "you care most about", including "traditional marriage". Just in case I needed help on figuring out who to vote for if I were voting on that issue...1
Anyhow. I dropped a bunch of it in the mail today with "return to sender on it", which at least made me feel better, if nothing else. I'm changing my voter registration as soon as I can next week after the election. I am not wading through piles of hate mail in my mailbox in future elections.
1. I am not a one issue voter, but were I, that would be the issue.