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

David Johnson david at bostonreview.net
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
monitoring.

Check out MyFairElection.com

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

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR37.6/archon_fung_my_fair_election.php

Best wishes,

David

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