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The disgusting dirty tricks are out in full force

By Andrew Pollack on 11/04/2008 at 01:49 PM EST

Personally, I think any new or changed advertisement of a political nature less than 72 hours prior to an election is highly suspect. Today is the first time I've seen the negative "Rev. Write" ads in months -- but they sure are prominent and as misleading and slanderous as ever. Its the same crap as every year. Save the stuff that's most ugly until the last minute when there's no time for it to be refuted or for the candidate to respond.

There are robot phone dialers in key places making calls to mislead voters into not voting (one offers them an option to vote now by phone, making them think they've already voted so they stay away). I personally believe this special kind of fraud should be considered a federal crime with mandatory prison time for the people who set it up and the people who pay for it.

Don't let anyone stop you from voting. Vote with your own free will.

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re: The disgusting dirty tricks are out in full forceBy Craig Wiseman on 11/04/2008 at 05:52 PM EST
Don't you, ah, vote on Wednesday?

re: The disgusting dirty tricks are out in full forceBy Jim Casale on 11/05/2008 at 07:01 AM EST
Andrew, I totally agree with you that misleading robocalls like the ones you
mentioned should be made a federal crime. The problem is that it is too easy to
spoof a telephone number - it would be almost impossible to trace the call back
to the person responsible. If any effort is made to make such calls illegal
then the spoofing of telephone numbers should be illegal too.
Yes, that isn't the only evidence required, but....By Andrew Pollack on 11/05/2008 at 07:20 AM EST
A crime is a crime. It can be hard to prove, and caller-id isn't going to be
the standard of proof to send someone to jail; but there are ways to prove a
crime through investigation after the fact.

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