It is about time. Women’s Voices, Women Vote broke NC law by making anonymous robo calls to voters during early voting of the primary. They also sewed confusion by mass mailing official looking voter registration forms to voters who were already registered or who were ineligible to vote. In dozens of states, during the primary, and since then, WVWV’ s confusing mailers have caused registered voters to think they weren’t registered, and has clogged registrars’ offices with duplicate and sometimes inaccurate voter registration forms. WVWV was sending “registration forms” to small children, deceased people, and already registered voters in dozens of states. Several states are seeking to create new laws to prevent this type of chaos again, since WVWV has repeatedly ignored officials complaints about the group’s practices. WVWV cannot “work” in North Carolina again until or unless it provides a written plan to the Attorney General’s office on how WVWV would comply with the law.
Political group to pay $100,000 for robo calls October 21, 2008
RALEIGH – A group that made political robo calls before the May primary that violated state law has agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties and is barred from operating in the state before the November election, the State Attorney General’s Office announced today.
The group, Women’s Voices Women Vote, today agreed to pay $100,000 in civil penalties, the office announced. The money will go to North Carolina schools.
The organization also agreed not to resume any voter registration, education, turnout or similar activities in the state until after the Nov. 4 election. Future voter activities would have to comply with state law, and the group would have to provide the Attorney General’s Office with a written description of how it would ensure its compliance with the law.
The Attorney General’s Office began investigating Women’s Voices Women Vote after it began calling people shortly before the primary
The prerecorded calls told people that they would soon receive voter registration forms in the mail, which they should fill out and submit. But the deadline to register by mail had passed, and some call recipients already were registered to vote, causing confusion, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
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