'Vampire Removal' ads in New York promote voter registration

By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM
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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Postcards advertising "Vampire Removal" services in Brooklyn have been revealed as a satirical blog's effort to promote voter registration.

The postcards, which promise "Vampire Removal" and "24/7 Monster Disposal" in the Bay Ridge neighborhood, have been cropping up in cafes, laundromats and other businesses around the borough.

The cards contain a link to a post on The Ambrose Light, a local political satire blog authored by Daniel Hettix. The post uses "vampires" as a means of encouraging readers to register to vote.

"It's designed to kind of shock you," Hetteix told DNAinfo. "Vampires are useful as a Machiavellian figure for politicians. I picked something very clearly fake that people would see and go, 'What's that?'"

"Our neighborhood is under the influence of demonic forces beyond our control," the blog post reads. "They have infected the highest levels of government! They feed on our precious bodily fluids, and our tax-dollars! It is time to join the Vampire Removal Corps."

Hettix said he hopes his satirical ads inspire curious people to register.

"It's really supposed to be a fun way to kind of trick people onto the voter registration page," he said. "Maybe they register and maybe not, but even if a few people do, that's something."

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