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Wisconsin Voters Report Receiving Robocalls Telling Them Not To Vote

6:13 am - 06/09/2012
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
4 Jun 12

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.

So far no recording of the call has surfaced, but the reports from voters was enough to prompt the Barrett campaign to make calls of its own, warning voters not to listen to the first call. For its part, the Walker campaign denied any involvement in or knowledge of the robocall or who was behind it.

Election day antics were a near certainty in Wisconsin. In the last week, reports of other campaign antics surfaced, including an attempt by Walker supporters to disable the Barrett campaign’s phone lines by flooding their call centers with spam phone calls.


OP: I apologize if this has been posted already. I searched but couldn't find it. I'm not sure if I'm surprised but hell, to pull this kind of shit on a RECALL? That's some balls.
alierakieron 9th-Jun-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
On a seven point spread? That was consistent with weeks of polling ahead of time?

It sucks that we lost. There may have been some shenanigans. But we lost, and dragging this out is going to hurt us more in the long run.
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alierakieron 9th-Jun-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
We need to be triaging. And we need to do some serious thinking and honest talking about why we lost. Because this "What's wrong with everyone else?" crap is fucking us.
(no subject) - Anonymous
alierakieron 9th-Jun-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think the worst part about the last week has actually been watching a significant number of Sconnies deciding to embody the Obnoxious Madison Liberal stereotype.
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alierakieron 9th-Jun-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Madison liberals: "Which is more obnoxious? The classism or the subtle, underhanded racism? Discuss."

ETA: And lest anyone be confused, I *AM* a Madison liberal, who had more skin in this race than most for reasons I can't discuss online publicly.

Edited at 2012-06-09 07:58 pm (UTC)
awfulbliss 9th-Jun-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Seems to be the theme around here every time an election doesn't go the right way...
alierakieron 10th-Jun-2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Which part?
awfulbliss 11th-Jun-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
I was just agreeing with the "What's wrong with everyone else?" stuff. I've been around tons of races, and it's just my observation here, but I've always found that Republicans simply accept losses and then figure out why they lost, whereas a lot of Democrats/liberals' first reaction that is the only way you could vote for a certain candidate is if you're ignorant and a moron. It seems like every election post is about how people got tricked, that they're "voting against their interests," that they're dumb, etc.
alierakieron 11th-Jun-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Just checking!
And yup. It's painful, honestly, and frequently has some really obnoxiously classist overtones. There may have been shenanigans, but we didn't lose this one because they cheated. We lost for a handful of reasons, some fair and some unfair. But a few prank calls wasn't it. At least not this time.
spiffynamehere 10th-Jun-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm pretty okay with dragging this out to call bullshit on the shenanigans we've been hearing about.
alierakieron 10th-Jun-2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Maybe you are, but a significant number of voters aren't. Do we want to be right, or do we want a chance at winning the long game?
spiffynamehere 10th-Jun-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Like calling out fraud?
alierakieron 10th-Jun-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Fraud of which there is no evidence (yet) and very few accounts, only one of which is first hand. That's nowhere near enough for a revote.
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