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    Dirty Tricks in Virginia?

    The FBI is investigating charges that someone has made deceptive calls to voters apparently aimed at misleading them into not voting
    By AP/ ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON

    RICHMOND, VA. The FBI is investigating complaints about attempts to intimidate Virginia voters amid the hard-fought U.S. Senate race between G.O.P. Sen. George Allen and Democratic challenger Jim Webb, the State Board of Elections said Tuesday. Jean Jensen, secretary of the Board of Elections, said her office had forwarded several reports of phone calls to voters apparently aimed at misleading them into not voting or going to the wrong polling place.

    "If something is going on that worries and alarms voters enough that I'm contacted to look into it, I have a responsibility to do that," she said. A call left for the FBI Tuesday afternoon wasn't immediately returned.

    Voters in the cities of Covington, Hampton and Colonial Heights and the counties of Accomack, Northampton and Fairfax reported getting deceptive telephone calls in the days before the election informing them that their voting places had changed, when they had not, Jensen said. In Arlington County, resident Timothy Daly said he got a phone message Sunday, said to be from the "Virginia Elections Commission," telling him he was registered to vote in New York so he couldn't vote in Virginia. "If you do show up, you will be charged criminally," said the message, the text of which appeared on Daly's affidavit to the Board of Elections.

    Lawrence Peter Baumann, a Northampton County resident, said in his affidavit that he got a call on Friday from a woman claiming to be from the Webb campaign. He said he assured her he planned to vote for Webb. "She then told me that I would be voting at West Reed Street. I told her that there was no street by that name and that if she was supposed to be helping Webb, she needed to give correct information," Baumann's affidavit said. "She never gave me the correct precinct and never offered to get back to me with my correct precinct."

    Chris LaCivita, a senior consultant to the Allen campaign, said the calls weren't originating from the G.O.P. "And it's sure as heck not coming from the Allen campaign," LaCivita said. "I doubt the validity of them, quite frankly."

    The Webb campaign said in a statement that the calls were intended to confuse and discourage Virginians from voting. "We've seen this tactic before and it is about time the Republicans learned that it will not work," said Jay B. Myerson, general counsel of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

    New Mexico Democrats filed similar complaints in court, accusing G.O.P. callers there of providing voters with incorrect information on polling locations in Albuquerque. State District Judge Richard Knowles on Monday, however, refused to prohibit Republicans from calling voters. Knowles said such mistakes shouldn't be made but he didn't believe the state's Republican volunteers had made a concerted effort to disenfranchise voters.

    "I would like both sides to be careful," Knowles warned the parties. "If it continues to happen, if I have to shut down phone banks I will."


    Such shameless tacticts. They need to find out who is doing this stuff and make an example of them!
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    I was going to post earlier about this in the other thread, in a reply to a comment 911forever made.
    Quote Originally Posted by 1911sforever
    PS-And are you hearing any screams and whines from conservatives for a recount?
    He was saying that the contested republican candidates weren't calling for a recall yet.. that it was somehow high and mighty of them.

    I think it probably has more to do with the fact that the VA Republican party did pull some dirty tricks (as above, we have some clues) and the longer Allen pursues the seat, the more facts will come to life as the press focuses. Just my opinion.
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    Of course. The backup plan is now in play.
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    I was prevented from voting in Virginia.

    My personal circumstances may not might universally applicable --(something about non-resident alien creatures etc...)

    Election officials seemed especially rigorous in their enforcement of rules -- I tried to vote absentee Saturday, couldn't -- and then the lady official flagged my registration file -- so I wasn't then able to vote yesterday (though I tried anyway)
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    Whine when they win, whine when they lose. Now is there chance to fix everything.
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    Who wants to bet this issue will now die a sudden death?

    Anyone?








    [hears crickets]
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    Ah, yes, the party of Richard Nixon, who gave new meaning to the phrase "dirty tricks." They were at it in Maryland, too:

    http://tailrank.com/798916/GOP-Vote-Fraud-In-Maryland

    Handing out "sample ballots" that identified the republican candidates as democrats and busing in homeless people to hand out flyers claiming democratic leaders had endorsed the republican candiates.

    Seems republicans reallly do think "democracy" is a dirty word. They don't want to take chances on the outcome of a fair vote, so they'll do anything they can, legal or otherwise, to swing things in their favor.

    I hope they catch the people responsible and send them to jail. Set an example for the next time.
    Bob Meyer
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoovs View Post
    Who wants to bet this issue will now die a sudden death?

    Anyone?

    [hears crickets]
    Yeah, had it gone Republican there would have been mass investigations & public outcry like that which took place in Ohio after the 2004 elections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g-funkster View Post
    Yeah, had it gone Republican there would have been mass investigations & public outcry like that which took place in Ohio after the 2004 elections.
    Well since the tacticts were aimed at those who were going to vote for Webb, yea. duh.

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