Posted May 2, 2008 – It appears that Black voters in North Carolina , the site of the next showdown between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, are the targets of some phony phone calls that have been dropping misinformation about the upcoming primary.
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“This is Lamont Williams,” the voice says, noting that a voter-registration package will be arriving soon. “All you need to do is fill it out, sign it, date and return your application. Then you will be able to vote and make your voice heard."
The only problem, say North Carolina election officials, is that the deadline for mail-in voter information passed almost three weeks ago.
This isn’t the first time that the mysterious Mr. Lamont Williams has reached out to Black voters. Just before the Virginia primary, police warned residents about what they thought was a likely identity-theft shakedown. The calls in Virginia were traced to Women’s Voices Women Vote, and police dropped the investigation.
"Whatever the intent, the practical effect is to confuse people," Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina, a nonpartisan election watchdog group, told ABC News. "This is a terrible time for it to be happening." The problem, Hall said, is that it might discourage voters.
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