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#1 Dec 06 2011 at 11:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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The campaign manager for former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) during his re-election campaign was convicted of voter fraud for his role in automated calls to voters before the polls closed on Election Day in November 2010, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The automated phone calls were designed to suppress the black vote by telling voters Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and President Obama had been "successful" in that day's election, noting "our goals have been met." The calls were made while the polls were still open and the votes uncounted.


Guess we needed more ID laws and to fight ACORN harder Smiley: frown

Edit: Guilty on four counts, up to 5 years for each count

Edited, Dec 6th 2011 12:00pm by Jophiel
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#2 Dec 06 2011 at 12:08 PM Rating: Excellent
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That's not what happened Joph! What really happened was that the voting was SO ONE SIDED by those filthy liberals that the Republicans decided to admit defeat ahead of time and was telling everyone individually. The fraud is just the liberal media making it sound worse than it really was.
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#3 Dec 06 2011 at 12:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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That's so overtly evil, it's almost movie-villain-esque.

I can't imagine being that guy, doing something like that, and then rationalizing it to myself.
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#4 Dec 06 2011 at 12:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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I can't imagine being that guy, doing something like that, and then rationalizing it to myself.
You're not greedy enough then. I can easily picture it.
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#5 Dec 06 2011 at 2:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Eske Esquire wrote:
I can't imagine being that guy, doing something like that, and then rationalizing it to myself.
You're not greedy enough then. I can easily picture it.


And it happens a lot more than most might think. Deliberately misleading robo-calls to deter the opposition's supporters from showing up and voting is a (dirty) tactic that some campaign managers in both parties occasionally use. This is the first time I've heard of someone actually being convicted of voter fraud for doing it though.

Take that as a biased legal system selectively targeting Republicans, or a step in the right direction overall, as you wish. It's an ugly tactic that no one should use.

Edited, Dec 6th 2011 12:11pm by gbaji
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#6 Dec 06 2011 at 2:18 PM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:
Uglysasquatch wrote:
Eske Esquire wrote:
I can't imagine being that guy, doing something like that, and then rationalizing it to myself.
You're not greedy enough then. I can easily picture it.


And it happens a lot more than most might think. Deliberately misleading robo-calls to deter the opposition's supporters from showing up and voting is a (dirty) tactic that some campaign managers in both parties occasionally use. This is the first time I've heard of someone actually being convicted of voter fraud for doing it though.

Take that as a biased legal system selectively targeting Republicans, or a step in the right direction overall, as you wish. It's an ugly tactic that no one should use.

Edited, Dec 6th 2011 12:11pm by gbaji


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gbaji wrote:

Take that as a biased legal system selectively targeting Republicans, or a step in the right direction overall, as you wish. It's an ugly tactic that no one should use.

Edited, Dec 6th 2011 12:11pm by gbaji
The two aren't mutually exclusive.
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#8 Dec 06 2011 at 2:30 PM Rating: Good
I see Gbaji's on his cross again.
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I see Gbaji's on his cross again.


If he's not getting paid by the GOP for this, he's really getting shafted.
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I see Gbaji's on his cross again.


"Again" denotes he got off it at some point.

So you're wrong. AND you're a heretic.
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Technogeek wrote:
I see Gbaji's on his cross again.


"Again" denotes he got off it at some point.

So you're wrong. AND you're a heretic.


I'm presuming he gets down to go to the can occasionally.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
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I see Gbaji's on his cross again.


"Again" denotes he got off it at some point.

So you're wrong. AND you're a heretic.


I'm presuming he gets down to go to the can occasionally.


Nope. Now you know why no one ever visits.
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This was the first of two trials for the Robo Call Scandal. Most of the people I known are waiting for the real show to begin when Julius Henson's trial starts in Jan. He's a democrat operative who will work for anyone with deep pockets. Since Ehrlich was the favorite of the rich business class, Henson saw a chance to try to redeem himself, I guess after he was linked to Sheila Dixon who as Major of Baltimore somehow mistook gift cards donated to the city poor as being for her.

Plus if you are going to try to use RoBo Calls to keep voters from the polls, at least remember to say who authorize them at the end of the call. 5 of the years, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s top aide, Paul Schurick faces is for leaving off that little bit of information.

Smiley: glareat Joph for posting this before I got home, ate lunch and took a nap.

edit since trails are not trials.

Edited, Dec 6th 2011 4:51pm by ElneClare
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Lolgaxe beat me to the simpsons reference :(
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And I don't get the Simpsons reference.
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And I don't get the Simpsons reference.
About as close as I can get.
Click Here. Embedded don't do direct.
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And I don't get the Simpsons reference.
About as close as I can get.
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I need to watch this season again, so many classics in that season.
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And I don't get the Simpsons reference.
About as close as I can get.
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No, I don't get the reference because I don't get the Simpsons. I don't think I've ever intentionally seen one episode.
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Nadenu wrote:
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And I don't get the Simpsons reference.
About as close as I can get.
Click Here. Embedded don't do direct.

No, I don't get the reference because I don't get the Simpsons. I don't think I've ever intentionally seen one episode.


Homer gets his hands on an autodialer and uses it to scam people out of money and by lolgaxe's ascii art is a pretty close representation of the auto dialer in the show. Given the story relates to the use of an auto dialer to scam voters I think the correlation pretty much solidifies itself from here on out.

Simpson's is comic gold, start from the beginning if you ever watch it.
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Yet one more on the "compulsory voting for the entire populous" side. I can see arguments for not having compulsory voting, but the few old nations that do have compulsory voting can a) accommodate EVERY voter that turns up to the polling booths before the polls close, B) aren't prey to these types of scams. C) Are so super-organised in an utterly paranoid way from way back before computers, that they can pretty much guarantee no voting fraud, because of continual oversight (but no touching) by all interested parties, and completely independent (of government and the political parties) electoral commissions consisting of thousands of security checked reservists.
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Simpsons hasn't been worth watching in forever and then some. Smiley: frown
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Simpsons hasn't been worth watching in forever and then some. Smiley: frown


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