Same as it ever was.
For all the GOP whining about voter fraud, it’s patently obvious that the only fraud being perpetrated is by Republicans against Democrats:
Ohio residents are voting Tuesday on Issue 2, a ballot referendum on a controversial measure known as SB 5. The law restricts collective bargaining rights for state employees, among other provisions. Opposition to the legislation inspired large protests around the state earlier in the year.
“Hi, I am calling to remind you that tomorrow is Election Day,” said the voice on the message. “It is critically important that you go vote and protect the future of our country. Tomorrow, please go to the polls and vote YES on Issue 2, and vote YES on Issue 3. Paid for by American Future Fund and not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee. 866-559-5854.”
Voting yes on Issue 2 means voting in favor of SB 5, Gov. John Kasich’s anti-collective bargaining law.
The number on the call goes to an automated message, directing callers to the website of the American Future Fund, a conservative advocacy group. The message also asks people if they would like to be added to the group’s do-not-call list.
A spokesperson for American Future Fund called it a mix-up and said the group would be calling voters back to say “Oops! Our bad!”
Mandy Fraher, a spokeswoman for American Future Fund, acknowledged that automated phone calls were being made on Tuesday telling recipients that the election was being held “tomorrow.” She insisted that the mix-up was due to “gross incompetence on behalf of the phone vendor” and that the group was “working to correct that problem immediately.”
“As soon as we realized the problem we stopped those calls and we started calling those people back who received a call to inform them that today is Election Day,” said Fraher.
Union officials, however, are calling bullshit: Anthony Caldwell, a spokesman for SEIU District 1199 said the following:
“For a group [American Future Fund] that has coordinated a million dollar mail campaign, I find it highly unlikely they would make a simple clerical error and send out a robocall to non-supporters telling them to vote the day after Election Day.”
This is no clerical error. Republicans have engaged in these sorts of shenanigans before, all across the country. (Check out this Alternet post from 2008 — shenanigans as far as the eye can see.)
I’m in California where nothing exciting is happening, so I’ll be living vicariously through you. Let me know what’s going on where you are. Drop a comment to report any shenanigans, tomfoolery, skullduggery, or chicanery.
Talk to me, Goose.[cross-posted at ABLC]