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I am not really familiar with Fifth Estate or Peter Werbe. From your characterization, though, I would hope that the platform is actually being used to argue a pro-voting (and pro-Democrat) position? That, I would agree, is absolutely not befitting of an anarchist publication.

But you also explain that, while you get the impression Werbe is a voter, you don't even know - which makes me wonder why this exchange happened. If it's not explicit, I sort of feel like you might have just sniffed out a person who might be the voting type, then demanded answers from them. If you were correct, and if they took the time to write back to you and be relatively open about their thoughts on the matter, then I can see why you might write this comment - in order, I guess, to signal to the true believers that Werbe is, in fact, a heretic.

When you say "for an anarchist to vote is a humiliating admission of hopelessness and despair, [and] that a better strategy would be a very loud and public propaganda campaign against electoral politics in general (demonstrations, posters, anti-voter registration cards, etc.)," you're talking about one thing and then another thing. First of all, I don't think an anarchist is necessarily an admission of anything, other than that said anarchist is sufficiently invested in the outcome of a particular election that they will use the small amount of power they are accorded to affect that outcome. It's not a "strategy" that can be compared to the second thing you mention, the anti-electoral campaign. It's just an isolated act; there is nothing to stop a person from both voting and dedicating time to the prosecution of such a campaign (although it would admittedly be a bit incoherent).

I will admit that I don't find the idea of anti-electoral campaigns that interesting, either. First of all, my belief is that Voting Doesn't Matter, and secondly, lots of people are very emotionally attached to the idea of voting (for instance, people who would have been excluded from voting in previous eras), so I think it's a bit of a hard target as far as propaganda goes. Anyway, if I WAS to be involved in some kind of campaign oriented around the event of an election, I think there's room for improvement, but the CrimethInc. approach for the 2004 U.S. election was the best I've seen. Their slogan was "don't just vote, get active" - which doesn't tell you to vote (though it assumes you might already have voting intentions) and doesn't tell you not to vote. What their campaign did, instead, was to suggest other activities a person could get involved in before and after the election, and to drive home the point that the act of voting is not a particularly strong method of "changing society" or "exercising power" or whatever.

2020: don't just vote, burn down a precinct