Automated telephone calls to Democrats placed on a primary election day could be adding to an already confusing and controversial election day in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Right To Life began placing calls to Wisconsin Democrats stating they will be sent applications for absentee ballots for an upcoming election.
The phone calls, which were traced to a telemarketing company in Virginia, carried the following message from Wisconsin Right to Life executive director Barbara Lyons:
Hello, this is Barbara Lyons from Wisconsin Right to Life. I’m calling today to let you know that you will be receiving an absentee ballot application for the upcoming recall elections in the mail in the next few days. These recall elections are very important and voting absentee will ensure that your vote is counted and that we can maintain a pro-family, pro-life state Senate. We hope that we can count on you to complete that application and send it back to us within seven days. Thank you for your support. Wisconsin Right to Life can be reached by calling 877-855-5007.
The blog Daily Kos started with a post regarding the calls at noon Tuesday. Several other Internet blogs received reports of the phone calls and speculated that the calls were meant to suppress votes in today’s Democratic primary. A Teamsters blog went as far as to call the phone calls “election fraud.”
“Wisconsin Right to Life condemns bloggers who are falsely and viciously reporting that Wisconsin Right to Life is making calls telling people not to vote today. That is completely untrue,” Lyons said . “Wisconsin Right to Life has not ever and is not now making phone calls to suppress votes.”