In the wake of a potentially illegal “robo” call reported in the state, Democracy North Carolina‘s executive director, Bob Hall, is asking citizens to report intimidating or potentially illegal campaign practices by using the organization’s toll-free hotline system, established in partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, based in Washington, D.C.
In a news release today, Hall cited a campaign “robo” call being made to black neighborhoods in North Carolina and described the troubling call as allegedly from a “Lamont Williams,” who instructs call recipients on filling out a registration form supposedly being mailed to them. “Then you will be able to vote,” the caller says — although the deadline for mail-in registration in the state has already passed. According to DNC, the calls “seem to be going to black voters who are already registered.” Hall notes that under N.C. law, “it is a Class I felony for any person to misrepresent the law to the public through mass mailing or any other means of communication where the intent and the effect is to intimidate or discourage potential voters from exercising their lawful right to vote.” (Listen to a recording of the cited call here.)
Concerned about this and other pre-primary activity, DNC and its partner organizations are offering 24-hour, toll-free calling for complaints from voters: 888-OUR-VOTE or 866-OUR-VOTE. Complaints about irregularities may also be lodged with the N.C. Board of Elections hotline: (866) 522-4723.
— Nelda Holder, associate editor