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more bizarre behavior from clinton campaign…


The bizarre DC non-profit funded by Clinton backers that has caused random controversy by sending incorrect voting information out to votes in a number of states, is back again in North Carolina stirring up controversy and randomness…

The call is deceptive because the deadline has already passed for mail-in registrations for North Carolina’s May 6 primary. Also, many who have received the calls — like Kevin Farmer in Durham, who made a tape of the call that is available here — are already registered. The call’s suggestion that they’re not registered has caused widespread confusion and drawn hundreds of complaints, including many from African-American voters who received the calls.

The calls are also probably illegal. Farmer and others have told Facing South the calls use a blocked phone number and provided no contact information — a violation of North Carolina rules regulating “robo-calls” (N.C. General Statute 163-104(b)(1)c). N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper further stated in a recent memo that the identifying information must be clear enough to allow the recipient to “complain or seek redress” — something not included in the calls.

It is also a Class I felony in North Carolina “to misrepresent the law to the public through mass mailing or any other means of communication where the intent and the effect is to intimidate or discourage potential voters from exercising their lawful right to vote.”

The calls have been denounced by the N.C. State Board of Elections, as well as by voter advocacy groups including Democracy North Carolina, which called them “another in a long line of deceptive practices used in North Carolina and elsewhere that particularly target African-American voters.

The article has a lot of interesting coverage of the details, and other articles covering similar topics can easily be found. I think that these actions, repeated in apparently 11 states so far, are pretty ham-handed, and since it’s apparently targeting African-Americans and done by her backers, it’s eventually going to cause a lot of trouble for Clinton irrespective of whether she wins or loses.

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