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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:57 AM

 

HEADS UP: Wisconsin Voters Report Receiving Robocalls Telling Them Not To Vote

Wisconsin Voters Report Receiving Robocalls Telling Them Not To Vote

From Eau Claire to Beloit, voters across Wisconsin are relaying stories via Twitter, Facebook and online message boards about anonymous “robocalls” from allies of Scott Walker, telling them–incorrectly–that if they signed petitions to recall Governor Walker, their vote in today’s crucial election has been recorded.

An NBC reporter tweeted that a family friend was one recipient of the call:

Dad just emailed, a WI friend of his got the 'If you signed the petition you don't have to vote tomorrow' robocall #wirecall


Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee and the Democratic nominee to unseat Governor Scott Walker, told MSNBC host Ed Schultz last night that his campaign began receiving complaints yesterday that voters had been contacted with the misinformation. This morning, Salon reported on the robocalls too, and included comments from Carol Gibbons, a Wisconsin resident who got the call herself. And a local CBS affiliate is even reporting that the caller sounds eerily similar to Tom Barrett, suggesting the group behind the call may have hired a Barrett impersonator.

The rest: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/05/495085/wisconsin-voters-report-receiving-robocalls-from-walker-supporters-conveying-false-information/

Scum.

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Reply HEADS UP: Wisconsin Voters Report Receiving Robocalls Telling Them Not To Vote (Original post)
WilliamPitt Jun 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2012 #1
tosh Jun 2012 #18
freshwest Jun 2012 #20
Jackpine Radical Jun 2012 #24
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2012 #40
Jackpine Radical Jun 2012 #41
renate Jun 2012 #2
karynnj Jun 2012 #29
Jackpine Radical Jun 2012 #30
catbyte Jun 2012 #3
JustAnotherGen Jun 2012 #12
karynnj Jun 2012 #31
Tommy_Carcetti Jun 2012 #4
Scuba Jun 2012 #5
chervilant Jun 2012 #13
freshwest Jun 2012 #19
hifiguy Jun 2012 #6
dhill926 Jun 2012 #7
TheWraith Jun 2012 #9
Bake Jun 2012 #8
WilliamPitt Jun 2012 #10
Fearless Jun 2012 #11
Auggie Jun 2012 #28
abelenkpe Jun 2012 #14
PeaceNikki Jun 2012 #15
leftyohiolib Jun 2012 #21
PeaceNikki Jun 2012 #22
jerseyjack Jun 2012 #16
leftyohiolib Jun 2012 #17
barbtries Jun 2012 #23
Bake Jun 2012 #25
grantcart Jun 2012 #32
xfundy Jun 2012 #26
iloveObama12 Jun 2012 #27
SunSeeker Jun 2012 #35
tclambert Jun 2012 #38
mac56 Jun 2012 #33
SunSeeker Jun 2012 #34
Guitarzan Jun 2012 #36
renate Jun 2012 #39
bonniebgood Jun 2012 #37

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:00 PM

1. Dirty SOB'S. I hope nobody is paying them any attention.

This is such a brazen and blatant illegal move.

Walker needs to lose and hugely.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:36 PM

18. You took the words...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:38 PM

20. +1,000 + K & R

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:44 PM

24. Frankly, my dear Peggy,

I hope EVERYONE is paying attention.

This story seems to be getting a lot of coverage, and may just be the last straw for some people who were on the fence about Walker & denying his criminality.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #24)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:21 PM

40. Oh, of course!

I meant I hope nobody will follow those bogus directions!

And I hope you're right about this being the last straw.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #40)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 05:31 PM

41. Hard to resist an opening like that, m'dear.

And I'm weak.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:01 PM

2. disgusting!

I don't know the wording of the rule about no campaigning within ___ feet of a polling place, but if someone is persuaded not to vote by answering a phone call, that in effect makes their home a polling place. Probably a dumb idea, but I wonder whether anybody could be prosecuted on that basis--and even if they couldn't, the trial would bring attention to this absolutely contemptible practice.

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Response to renate (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:53 PM

29. Wrong definition of polling place

which refers to the physical place you vote. It is considered voter suppression and I think it is illegal if they can identify the origin. This won't invalidate the election. In NH in 2002, the Republicans took the Democrats GOTV operation in Manchester down by having a company from somewhere out of state placing massive numbers of calls to tie up the phone lines. They were charged and convicted and sent to jail - but they may have been the reason Sununu won - and he stayed in office until he lost re-election in a rematch.

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Response to renate (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:54 PM

30. Doesn't matter where it's done. It's illegal by Wisconsin law.

I don't remember the wording, but there is a statute that outlaws any activities meant to misinform voters & affect their votes.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:01 PM

3. Barrett was talking about this on the Ed Show last night

before his mic feed cut out.

Will somebody please talk me down? I don't have a good feeling about this election--not a good feeling at all and it's depressing as hell. Could somebody please tell me how wrong I am? If Wisconsin can't bounce Walker, then we don't have a prayer of getting rid of Snyder in Michigan. I just have a horrid feeling Walker is going to win today. ARRRRRRGH!!!

Diane
Anishinaabe in MI & mom to Leo, Taz & Nigel, members of Dogs Against Romney, Cat Division
"Dogs Aren’t Luggage Even Though They Are Lower Life Forms--HISS!”

Edited for typo in subject line: it should be this instead of his!

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Response to catbyte (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:56 PM

31. What I dislike more is the setup of this being a test of tea party vs union

while there are editorials backing Walker that partly speak of the normal recourse being defeating someone when they are up for re-election. The fact is there may be some in the middle swayed by the idea that recall should be an exception used if there is provable malfeasance in office - which actually might be proven at some point.

Yet the entire media is pushing this as a predictor for 2012.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:02 PM

4. I hope people are recording/saving voicemails.

As well as writing down caller IDs.

This behavior cannot be tolerated.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:02 PM

5. They're desperate, and must think we're stupid.

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:59 PM

13. They may also be

preparing for massive electronic voting machine fraud: hoping the Hoi Polloi is deluded into believing Walker has more support than is remotely likely.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:38 PM

19. How to combat robocalls? Some may be fooled, what a shame. Dirty Tricks Wankers.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:03 PM

6. How the hell is shit like this legal?

 

And why aren't the perps headed for the crowbar Hilton??

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:16 PM

7. what you said....

this shit is unbelievable.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:31 PM

9. Simple answer: it's not.

However, that hardly matters, since by the time that any possible punitive measures can happen, the election is over. That's assuming of course that anything actually happens; plenty of these sorts of things go down without any real accountability. Even if there is a later investigation, fines, etcetera, it's considered part of the cost of victory.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:17 PM

8. GOP bastards will try ANYTHING to suppress the vote.

This ought to be criminal!!

Bake

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:46 PM

11. If you can't win honestly, cheat. The republican mantra. n/t

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Response to Fearless (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:50 PM

28. +1

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:03 PM

14. K & R nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:03 PM

15. Sen Lena Taylor just wrote GAB requesting immediate investigation of the election crimes

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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:39 PM

21. any chance someone can watch kathy nicklaus to prevent her from putting anything in her laptop?

 

or pulling any magic votes out of it?

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:41 PM

22. Those protections have been put in place since the SC race.

She is no longer reporting the summary for county and is required to report ward totals.

We have folks at every polling place at close and are reporting ward totals to a boiler room so we have the county and ward totals before they even get to Kathy.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:13 PM

16. Does federal law cover any of this?

 

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:28 PM

17. every election the only republican tactic is to cheat, lie and purge

 

you must be too stupid to know your stupid to trust the satan party

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:44 PM

23. motherfuckers will stop at nothing!

isn't there someone somewhere who can be brought to account for this shit?!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:47 PM

25. Why the F**K isn't this illegal????

Thugs want to talk about "voter fraud," when they are guilty of ELECTION FRAUD!!!!

Bastards, every one of them!!

Bake

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Response to Bake (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:57 PM

32. It isn't. but the enforcement will take a couple of years. Every election cycle a few Repbublican

operatives end up getting convicted and thrown in jail. There are some in NH, Oregon and a few other places but when the sentencing comes everyone has forgotten that election.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:49 PM

26. Well, how do you expect Publicans to win?

If they don't cheat, they lose.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:49 PM

27. i see karl rove and the boys putting their finishing touches on this recall election...damn!


they need to lock this fool up a couple of months before the november elections

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Response to iloveObama12 (Reply #27)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:08 PM

35. +1000!

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Response to iloveObama12 (Reply #27)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:02 PM

38. The real genius of Karl Rove (if any) is that he's never been put in prison.

How does he get away with all his S. H. I. T.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:58 PM

33. Republicans can't win a fair fight. And they know it too.

That is all.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:07 PM

34. RepubliCONs.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:28 PM

36. Rules to survival

Ahem...OK Brothers & Sisters, I'll be reminding you again of the three rules of CONservatism.

1. They clinically lie about everything, all the time.

2. They OWN everything, so they rig everything, all the time, & they'll always buy turncoats.

3. WE, the sane people, CAN NEVER FAIL TO VOTE, DEMMITT!!!, all WE have to do is SHOW UP!

4. When in doubt, for f#(&$ sake, read rule no. 1!!!

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Response to Guitarzan (Reply #36)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:12 PM

39. nicely put, and welcome to DU!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:49 PM

37. Republicans should not have to worry about

actual voter fraud. The person who's planning on fraudulent voting will get a robo-call
from the republicon telling them the wrong date, or polling place has moved, or your candidate
has already won.

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