November 3rd, 2008
08:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Voters receiving misleading robo calls in Ohio

(CNN) – On the eve of Election Day, amid overwhelming public interest in the presidential race, some voters are being confronted with a sea of election-related misinformation.

Sheila Robinson, a resident of Dayton, Ohio, tells CNN that she received a robo call at her home Monday. The call informed her that Republicans would be voting on November 4 in this year’s general election, and Democrats would be voting on November 5.

That information is incorrect. The Ohio Secretary of State’s Web site is clear: Everyone in Ohio votes Tuesday, November 4.

Laura Jordan of the Montgomery County, Ohio Board of Elections, says she has not received reports of any calls like the one Robinson received. But Jordan also tells CNN that she has received reports of misleading automated calls giving voters incorrect information about the location of their polling places. Voters who call the county board reporting these types of calls are told the correct location for their polling place, according to Jordan.

If you live in Ohio, click here for voter information from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Web site.

CNN will be tracking voter problems through Election Day. If you have a problem or see a problem, call the CNN Voter Hotline at 877-462-6608. See what issues are a concern in each state by clicking on the interactive Hotline map at cnn.com/hotline.


Filed under: Ohio • Voter Problems
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. voter

    I hope after the end of this election that republicans have charges brought aganist them for disenfranchising and supressing the vote. Federal law states people should not be intimidated when voting or to vote for someone.

    November 3, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Mike

    How is this not illegal? The GOP should lose Ohio for this!

    November 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    FIND THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE, CHARGE THEM WITH TREASON AND SHIP THEM TO ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT DOESN'T ENJOY THE FREEDOMS OF AMERICANS. PEOPLE THAT DO THIS IN AN ATTEMPT TO DESTROY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE THE TERRORIST THAT PALIN SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT. IF YOU'VE NOTICED MCCAIN NOR PALIN HAVE DENOUNCED THESE ACTIONS OF TREASON.

    November 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Tarheel

    Thiis is happening because the Republicans don't believe they can win fairly. Thiis is disgraceful and disgusting!

    November 3, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. oddlyuneven

    I'm not surprised at this tactic. Deception and lies to earn a vote. Disgusting.

    November 3, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Chela

    I wonder what the fine is for each time a misleading/false robocall is made? I'm sure we can come up with an algorithm to accurately estimate the amount – triple it and bankrupt the GOP.

    November 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Roger from CA

    GOP scum!

    November 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. 47yo male for McCain

    I think this woman is on crack. People will create all kinds of BS and stoop to the lowest levels possible. The Democraps have showed us this year. It started with Obama!

    November 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. dittohead with forty names

    Did it sound like Hank Jrs. voice?

    November 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Common Sense

    If you are a self respecting republican and still care about values and honor,you can't possibly vote for this ticket, if they have to go so low by running a smear campaign and resorting to dirty tricks and fraud just to try to win this election. It's an sign that after 8 years, they are still up to no good and will hurt this country and the party even more.What happened to winning an election fair and square.

    November 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Sue in MI

    I live in Michigan and got two calls from the OHIO repugs on Friday. I sent them and email and told them to stop calling Michigan. They are really terrified of tomorrow's results.

    November 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. Dixie AZ

    Wow. The republicans never rest, do they? The GOP had better pray that elections are run honestly - not like the Florida fiasco - Americans will not stand for any more dirty tricks. Wake up the geezers of the supreme court and have them standing by.

    November 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. Mike O'Brien

    Nice going Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin.., you just 'lost' another thousand votes because of your 'stupid' robo-calls. Talk about dirty negative attack ads, speechs and ro-bo calls. Do us 'all' a favor and go back to Arizona and Alaska. Mike in Montana

    November 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Does anyone else smell a republican dirty trick???????? Cheating and fraud are the only thing the republicans have left now but they're the only ones who haven't figured out that it's not working!

    November 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. Nuwan Sam

    Isn't America fed of this sort of Karl Rov style dirty politics. I thought American represent a better nation. Tomorrow, we need to make sure we send a clear message for this sort of people. This country can do much better than this. This is what happen in 3rd world countries like the one where I came from. I never believed it could happen here.

    November 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Mike

    This despicable tactic is the same Republicans use for every voting cycle. They have desecrated our religion, our constitution, our morals, our votes, our jobs, and all that we have or will have. No one should be at all surprised about the level to which they will stoop. Conservative Christians my foot any sensible person watching this campaign should know they would sell our souls to the devil in order to steal an election. I didn't hear them complaining when Bush stole the election in 2000 about one party rule. They used their influence to lie, cheat, steal and shred the Constitution of the United States for their own selfish gain. America Don" Be Fooled Again take a stand Vote them out of office.

    November 3, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. Veteran for Obama

    I wouldn't expect any less.

    November 3, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. karin

    I live in Canada but have been following the American election very closely and this message just amazes me. I do NOT understand that you people aren't outraged by this!!! Americans are usually among the ones that are sent to other countries to ensure a fair election. Maybe it's time to get someone else in the US to oversee the fairness of your own elections!!

    November 3, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. dtk

    This is UN Americana. Very terrifying. and who ever is behind needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. if not the government is breeding criminals, so we are at greatest danger.

    November 4, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  20. ldb

    When this election is over we really need to address all of the awful tricks and voter supression tactics as well as problems with machines, seriously long lines, and voter intimidation.

    November 4, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  21. bobby

    we republicans think that we will be vindicated in the eyes of God because they are just doing what they can to get elected so that they can carry out God's plan....or at least thats how some nut job explained to me.

    November 4, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  22. jojo

    WHAT A DISSAPOINTING NATION,PREACHING GOOD BUT STUCK TO THEIR EVIL BEHAVIOUR AND INJUSTICE,PROMOTE PEACE AROUND THE WORLD BUT AND STILL PROMOTING RACISIM CORRUPTION AND INJUSTICE AT HOME. YOU CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE SOMETIME ,BUT YOU CANT FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.ONE DAY THEY WILL KNOW YOU AND WILL NEVER LIKE YOU.THIS IS THE REASON WHY WHEN YOU TRAVEL TODAY SAYING IM AMERICAN FEELS LIKE A BIG SHAME TO EEVN INTRODUCE WHERE YOU COME FROM.ITS UP TO YOU AMERICANS TO CLEAN YOUR NAME.NOBODY ELSE IS GONNA DO THAT FOR YOU.

    November 4, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. jim

    Vote Obama/Biden!!!! Time for CHANGE

    November 4, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. Michael Eastridge

    Congratulations on electing Your great hope Barack Obama,but when he leads all of us to worse poverty then we've ever known,will you idiots still blame bush?I blame all of you because you might as well of put bin laden in office.So america all of 911 is for nothing your loved ones dying is for nothing,it saddens me to see what we have become as a nation and as people.By the way i'm not a republican,I just know all of america will fall under crooked Senators,Governors and your new idea of president Obama.So for all the families of 911 I am deeply sorry for what you've gone through and for what we will most likely go through again under the new administration who is pulling our troops out of Iraq,setting all of us up to be slaughtered like poor dumd sheep!Have you all forgotten,I never will,May god help us all because no one else will!P.S you probably won't print this because you are afraid to show the truth of things.

    November 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  25. Desmond Sequeira

    This is the conduct of those self-righteous, so called Godly nasty people spawned by the hate and lie propaganda of the FAILIN -McBUSH, RNC venom machine. They obviously think people are stupid

    November 4, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
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