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Reports of Deceptive Robocalls Hit Several States

POSTED: 09:52 PM ET, 11/ 4/2008 by Chris Matthews

While voting on the whole has gone fairly smoothly (despite some long lines and a few glitches), several parts of the country have been dealing with a flurry of last-minute reports of robocalls and robotexts meant to confuse voters.

What exactly is a robocall? It's a pre-recorded campaign message that automatically dials would-be voters. Most are harmless (if not annoying), but others can be distinctively underhanded. Several places reporting robocall problems:

Voters in Florida and New Mexico have reported receiving spam texts on their cellphones telling them that Obama supporters can vote on Wednesday. (Wired)

As voting got under way Tuesday, Cuban-Americans in Florida began receiving robocalls telling them former Cuban president Fidel Castro supported Barack Obama and urging them to vote "right now" for John McCain. (AFP)

The Missouri Secretary of State condemned robocalls telling Obama supporters to vote Wednesday because of long delays. (AP)

Virginia voters received robocalls with deceptive information about where to vote. (AP)

A 501(c)4 group called placed 32,000 calls in Pennsylvania saying that Obama's aunt is an illegal alien as a way of "testing" the issue of illegal immigration. (Politico)

By Chris Matthews |  November 4, 2008; 9:52 PM ET Election 2008 , Vote Monitor
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