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. bridgette

    Now that is just against the law. If that is actually coming from someone's campaign that is fraud and they are trying to throw an election. Plus they think people are stupid. This campaign has only been going on for almost two years. They only did count downs on just about every show out there. How stupid do these people think the American public are.

    November 4, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Harry

    Lies and deception – the Republican recipe for putting country first!
    McCain must have attended the higher school of learning to have learned such advanced strategies which will serve him well as the next president. I wonder if Jesus Christ used the same strategies? McCain states that he believes in the Lord's teachings. Maybe he has no respect for his God. I wonder if McCain has any respect for himself?

    November 4, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. Geezer

    Send the perpetrators to Gitmo.

    November 4, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. Daris

    This should be a capital offense. Seriously, you should suffer the most severe penalty the law can mete out for this sort of thing. Nothing is more sacred in America than our right to vote, and any attack on this is outright treason...which is punishable by death.

    November 4, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  5. jojo

    PRACTICE WAHT YOU PREACH .IF YOU ARE CORRUPT,INJUSTICE,RACIST LIKE AMERICA HAS BEEN,SAY IT LOUD, WE WILL RESPECT YOU FOR THAT.THEN YOU ARE NOT WORTH BRING PEACE IN REGIONS WHEN YOU CANT BRING JUSTICE TO YOUR OWN HOUSE. THERE ARE ELECTION OBSERVERS FROM USA IN MANY COUNTRIES BUT CANT EVEN HAVE A FAIR ELECTION THEMSELVES.
    SHAME !!!!!!SHAME!!!! SHAME AMERICA.
    I LOVE AMERICA BUT HATE CROOKS.
    THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU AND YOUR DARK SECRETS. EVERYTHING IS COME TO LIGHT NOW.THATS WHY THE WHOLE WORLD IS SUPPORTING OBAMA TO BRING AND END TO IGNORANCE.
    I LOVE AMERICA.BUT HATE IGNORANT PEOPLE WHO PRETEND TO BE BETTER THAN OTHERS.
    GOOD LUCK WITH THE ELECTIONS.

    November 4, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  6. Independent in Arizona

    I used to be a Republican....now they just make me sick.

    November 4, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  7. Scott of Utah

    As soon as I read the headline I knew it was the republicans behind it. Misinformation to cause voter suppression of democrats. The "christaian, values" republican party is so crooked. They say that everyone else is going to hell, but they are the ones who would go there – if such a place existed.

    Funny how you never hear about misinformation campaigns from democrats against republicans..
    Oh yeah, thats because democrats aren't THAT dishonest.

    November 4, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  8. not fooled

    This is subversion of the democratic process, and if people get away with this scot free, there is something seriously wrong. Lock them up

    GOP masterminds can posture and delay the inevitable, but its not gonna stop them getting buried by a blue wave tomorrow.

    November 4, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. penny lane

    I read something that put the two candidates together with their policies on an article or flyer i don't know. The point is, they gave mccain a black american face and obama a white face. Then asked, now who will you vote for? Why do we have to resort to this?

    November 4, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Harrison Tettey-fio

    I am a Ghana living in Ghana.I have followed the American eletions this year through BBC and CNN and the kind of politics the GOP is practicing is comparable to the politics people in Africa practice. So tell me does the GOP and Bush have any moral rights after all of this to criticise President Mugabe and his fellow dictators like Chavez?
    It's a shame American politics are coming to this. Even in Ghana the politician are doing thier best to make this election an issue based one.
    I pray Americans RISE and depend their constitution by kicking the GOP TO THE BUSH WHERE THEY BELONG. GOD BLESS US ALL.

    November 4, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. B. Prince

    I have a funny feeling either McCain will win and it'll be due to voter fraud. OR Obama will win and there will be a recount and then McCain will be found the winner...due to fraud. Tomorrow there will be drama.

    November 4, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  12. soon....

    These are the kind of tricks that work when the DNC tries to turn out large numbers of uninformed voters. The democrats should worry about weeding out the stupid people.

    If Obama does win, remember that he will do it without winning the white vote....so is the contention that most whites are rich...or stupid...or racist?

    November 4, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. Nick the Photographer

    Oh this must be one of them office jokes like in VA. You bethcha!

    November 4, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. MC

    Country First?! If you believe that I have a body of water to sell you off the coast of Florida! Soon this madness will be over!

    OBAMA 08

    November 4, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  15. Ben

    I am so sick of the scum bag, Right Wing, cheating, McShame supporters . Death threats, Racial comments, Fake phone calls, Fake Democrats carving B's, False info, and lies, lies, lies. It makes me so mad. I wish I had a huge megaphone to call them all out. Where does it say in the Bible these actions are accepted? They're all praying for a McCain victory??????? They should be praying for themselves.

    November 4, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. jeff

    I want the ones responsible for an unnecessary war and looting the U.S. Treasury to face charges. Also relatively sure those engaged in reprehensible voter suppression tactics will be scooped up in the same net.

    November 4, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  17. Ed C. in OK

    If you look at everything they have done in this election Republicans have just about proven they are the new communist party within America.

    They have no integrity nor shame..... Religious right?....I don't think so..... I am appalled at how evil republican politicians have shown themselves to be.....

    Send them to the house America!!! Vote Democrat!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Joe

    Can there be anything more disgusting? Again, if you have no ideas about how to make this country a better place for all of us ... just try to mislead people who are working for the common good. Given their awful behavior this cycle, it wouldn't hurt me to see the GOP lose every race on the ballot.

    November 4, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  19. dee

    No wonder MCcain is still confident of wining tomorrow because they have the crook ways of wininig election, but this time sleeping dogs are wide awake. No stealing of votes!

    November 4, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  20. Chris

    The is really very unfair, Republicans are very scared so they are willing to say or do any thing to stop people from voting.

    November 4, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. Red, white and blue

    THese robo calls should be banned. Shameless and beyond contempt, whoever is behind them.

    November 4, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  22. Kit

    If true, this is downright frightening.

    November 4, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  23. Kirsten

    Dear God, I hope these people are prosecuted. This makes me sick to my stomach.

    November 4, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  24. NM for Obama

    For starters, if these calls can be traced, the people responsible should be denied their voting rights for the rest of their lives. Take away from them, pemanently, what they seek to deny from others.

    If it turns out that the calls were approved by any arm of the Republican party, whether on the local, state, or national level, the person in charge at that particular level should be charged and jailed.

    November 4, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  25. Steve Los Angeles

    VICTORY WILL BE SWEET!!!!!!! THE GOP SCUM BAGS ARE GOING DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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