Reporting from Sacramento — The California Democratic Party unveiled a new tool in its get-out-the-vote kit Monday: a first-of-its-kind Facebook application that sifts through a user's friends list, matches it with the friends' party registrations and voting histories, and pops out a list of people who vote Democratic but don't regularly vote.
It then encourages users to tell their non-voting friends to cast a ballot Nov. 2.
"We're asking their friends to help us nudge those voters," said Tenoch Flores, a spokesman for the party.
Flores said the development of the Facebook application was made possible by funding from Chris Kelly, Facebook's former chief privacy officer, who lost last June's Democratic primary for state attorney general.
Individual users give the Democratic Party permission to scrub their friends list, but the friends do not have to consent. Flores dismissed any fears about the mining of voter data without the subjects' permission.
"In the same way that we target voters with direct mail, this is part of the same strategy for us," he said. "It's no creepier than getting a piece of mail saying vote for candidate X or candidate Y."