Word Salad From North Idaho Voter Services
A recent Sandpoint podcast featured an interview with the founder of “North Idaho Voter Services” (NIVS), Diana Dawson. This is one of several groups with opaque titles and innocuous mission statements which have sprouted in the recent past.
NIVS wants to be seen as being in the business of “electing qualified candidates through voter participation and providing voter information.” Innocuous enough.
To bolster its credibility, NIVS claims to have come up with “concrete information on North Idaho voter preferences”. No further details on that except non-specific wording about surveys, focus groups, polling, demographics, etc. The impression is of a carefully compiled word salad.
More than a hint where this is headed, though, is verbiage on the website implying that anyone not in line with their “research” is “far right” and “extreme”. The veil is finally lifted when you hear Ms. Dawson’s podcast statement on how she wishes voters to behave:
“Too many people are choosing candidates in the wrong way. Instead of really looking at their qualifications, they’re more concerned about their ideology or if they will support certain corners of the party.” – Diana Dawson
Are you ready to live in The World According to Dawson? Because she means to implement her pre-determined vision, and she means to do it in her “10-year plan”, as Diana Dawson announced on the podcast.
So, when NIVS shows up to ply you with its slate consisting of its “qualified candidates”, please realize the context given by the founder herself.