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[liberationtech] robocalls to voters regarding voter picture IDs and Wednesday voting in MA

David Johnson david at
Sun Nov 4 12:19:01 PST 2012

Speaking of voting problems, Harvard's Archon Fung has started a
crowd-sourcing project like Ushahidi to collect information for election

Check out

And check out our interview with him for more details ...

Best wishes,


On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at> wrote:

> I just sent this to my secretary of the commonwealth (secy of state) and
> election commission, and blogged it encouraging others to do the same:
> ====
> I have heard reports in the media of voters receiving "robocalls" that
> they would be required to produce photo IDs at the polls (false) and that
> the storm pushed voting to Wednesday (also false).  The caller ID on these
> calls was blocked, not surprisingly.
> I am a longtime resident in Massachusetts, having spent most of my adult
> life here, from 1978-1989 and 2004 to now.  I live in Salem now, but spent
> most of that time in the Cambridge/Somerville area, and have been active in
> community causes through nonprofit and political channels my whole life,
> including when I was in my long wanderyahr away, Democratic State Committee
> in Oregon and Chair of Budget and Finance for Multnomah County (Portland
> OR).
> I'm also a telecommunications expert, having gotten my start on the
> Internet in 1982 at DEC on 128.
> It doesn't matter if these people blocked their caller ID.  This is voter
> fraud and intimidation -- and a felony.  If you can find people that
> received these calls -- and you should be able to easily through social
> media -- you should be able to go to their phone provider and find out
> easily under warrant who placed these phone calls to them.
> They are criminally liable and should be taken to court and exposed in the
> press for their acts -- and as a deterrent to anyone who feels that they
> can use this technology for such acts in future elections.
> It's VITAL that you not only follow up on this, but that you make a public
> statement IMMEDIATELY saying that this is possible and that you are
> following up to deter copycat crimes over the next few days throughout the
> country.
> I'm publishing this letter in my blog as a model for other politicos and
> journalists.
> Most sincerely,
> --
> Feel free to adapt and use and distribute.
> yrs,
> --
> Shava Nerad
> shava23 at
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David V. Johnson
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Boston Review
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