November 3rd, 2008
08:45 PM ET
10 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

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

    Biggest, most pathetic act of shameless desperation in U.S. political history.

    November 3, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Susan

    Wow.... This is typical of the last eight years. Can the calls be traced to anyone? Of course they can, but will anyone be fined? Hopefully yes

    November 3, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. tim

    living in Ohio I can tell you that this is a ploy that the republicans use in each and every election cycle. things like this and 100% negative campaigning are precisely the reason I have not voted for a republican for some time. repugnantcans have become the party of the willfully misinformed, the completely ignorant, and the filthy rich.

    November 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    And your point is?

    I mean... this is how Bush/Cheney won in the 2004.... lies, attacks, and deception.... as well as voter fraud!

    November 3, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Herman In LA

    It's all coming to an end... What a shame...

    November 3, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Critical Thinking

    I think the source of these calls should be charged to the fullest extent of the law.

    November 3, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Cindy, California

    If by some strange debacle of voter rigging.... McCain should win tomorrow.... we will all unquestionably know that the repubs are covert operators of manufactured deception, lies, and underhanded manipulation of the results... afterall, they have years of practice behind them.

    Voting for the exceptional leader with the superior plan and the potential to be one of our greatest Presidents

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Brian

    Typical ethics

    November 3, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Adam

    Look at what the republicans have resorted to. What amazes me is that 40+ % of people still like the GOP. Where have you been the last 8 years!!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. Turning AZ Blue!

    And we should be surprised that the Ohio Republican Party would stoop to this level why? Just following Virginia's lead!

    November 3, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Simmy

    Tomorrow – 333! OB08-16

    Poor testament of a campaign by the Evangelical Republicans-The FIrst Church of the Republicans! I will say a prayer for you!

    November 3, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. Shane

    It seems that we should expect the shameless and corrupt tactics from the Republicans to come fast and furious right down to the wire in this election. I can't believe that the perpetrators behind the misleading flyer in Virginia won't be charged. In this case, the book should be definitely thrown at whomever is behind these misleading robocalls, since this is a clear case of organized deception. Isn't it funny that in both cases, the purpose of these so-called "pranks" was to deceive and ultimately disenfranchise Democratic voters in order to benefit the Republican ticket? Something to think about when you go to the polls tomorrow, America...

    November 3, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. JD

    This is standard election-day protocol for the GOP. I worked on a Congressional campaign last cycle and spent the entire day on the phone with the county and state boards of election figuring out how to connect with these voters and get them to their proper polls. You'll recall it was all over the papers in the days thereafter.

    November 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Lyndon,CA

    Robert Mugabe can take a few pointers, not that he needed any on how to run fraudulent election.

    November 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. labman57

    I've been saying for months that the GOP has for years taken a very Machiavellian approach to all areas of politics. McCain and Palin claim to be candidates of change, but actions speak louder than words. From the beginning, it has been business as usual. They are all about morality, but care nothing about ethics.

    Gutter politics is SOP for the GOP.

    November 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Jimmy

    Why am I not surprised?

    November 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Brian B

    Voter fraud! Not voter registration fraud...see the difference?

    November 3, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. Vet4McCain

    Stop trying to trick the Democrats! They have been duped enough this campaign.

    November 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Typical Republican voter suppression tactics. And these are the "real Americans". Good Christians too I am sure.

    November 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. wakeupamerica

    Deception and lies is all they've got. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. jude

    Dispicable...why are all these jokes or whatever you call them...saying republicans vote onthe 4th and Democrats on the 5th?

    I guess Republicans know they will lose and they got to resort to deceitful dispicable....if this is what the GOP has come to? This is sick....just plain sick...should be banned and fire those people who are spreading this

    November 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I would guess that MOST Americans old enough to vote would know that election day is November 4th and that no matter who you vote for we all vote the same day. If this call fooled anybody it was probably someone that was going to vote Republican anyway.

    November 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. An OBAMA Fan

    Nothing the Repulicans GOP does surprises me...They are so desparate to win they will stop at nothing....They will sell their mothers if they have to....

    November 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. samuel

    still remember what happened in 2004 in Florida. not a new thing though

    November 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Republican scum. There is nothing lower than this crowd of election terrorists.

    November 3, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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