As election nears, efforts intensify to misinform, pressure voters

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Ralphooo wrote:

Good reporting, presented without grudge or bias.

Oct 24, 2012 4:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

The TeaPartiers and Republicans aure are desperate! How un-American of them.

Oct 24, 2012 5:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

We see these every election.
I remember when blacks were kept from polls and intimidated by force, when Bush and McCain ran for President. I also remember the Black Panthers acting as security guards to make sure blacks were not denied their right to vote.
Obama will likely win by a 30% margin, so these typical Republican tactics against minorities and poor people won’t do any good at all and just exposes Republicans for who they are.

Oct 24, 2012 7:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sensibility wrote:

This article focuses mostly on Republican tactics to disenfranchise their opponents, and those efforts are real, but I’m glad it reports on Democratic efforts to disenfranchise as well.

I have seen, first hand, Moveon.org volunteers tampering with voting machines on election day.

I have heard, first hand, from Democratic party officials, that they sometimes fill out absentee ballots for senior citizens “the way they would have wanted to vote, if they could.”

Politics is dirty, and it works both ways.

Oct 24, 2012 7:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
smurph wrote:

What about the letters sent to republicans in Florida, as widely reported on public radio and elsewhere, that sought to intimidate republican voters? THis definately cuts both ways.

Oct 24, 2012 8:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SayHey wrote:

It remains a mystery how someone can be “intimidated” into not voting. If you are eligible, what is going to happen to you? This line is one of the great non sensible positions in American politics. It is not rational to suggest that there should be absolutely no safeguards against illegal voting in a nation where 13 million people are living illegally.

Oct 24, 2012 8:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rossryan wrote:

Track down the people spreading the misinformation, and send them to prison for a year for tampering with the election (voter fraud).

Then ban political parties / identifications. Force people to know who they are voting for before they enter the polls.

Finally, implement a confidence vote every four years, offset from two years from presidential elections. We’ll either breed a better liar (more stamina), or we’ll tire them out.

Oct 24, 2012 9:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

I don’t understand how any of the tactics described in the article can actually work, except for tampering with voting machines.

I live in a rural town. In order to fill out a paper ballot in a booth I must identify myself by name and my name and address are checked off against a list of eligible voters when I enter and again when I leave.

I hand the paper ballot to a person who slips it into the box as I watch them do it.

The vote is anonymous because the ballot is folded length wise and closes when it is completed. It isn’t signed and no one at the poling station can see the results before they are counted.

It is a very simple system and seems to eliminate any of the possible tricks being employed elsewhere.

Oct 24, 2012 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

I always get a chuckle when the Limbaugh/Drudge Report crowd starts whining about illegal immigrants voting. I worked in restaurants when I was younger so I have worked with many illegal immigrants. I have seen cooks and dishwashers disappear and leave paychecks worth hundreds of dollars because they were afraid immigration might find them. If a paycheck isn’t worth risking getting caught to them, do you honestly think a vote is?

Oct 24, 2012 9:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

SayHey wrote: “It remains a mystery how someone can be “intimidated” into not voting. If you are eligible, what is going to happen to you?”

Many minorities, even legal ones, have an inherent distrust and fear of authorities. For the same reason you still get nervous when you see a cop driving behind you even if you’re obeying the speed limit and have your seatbelt on, these types of threats are going to discourage even perfectly legal citizens from voting.

Oct 24, 2012 9:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:

No surprise that most of these despicable acts are perpetrated by REPUBLICANS. Here are more acts of their desperation and intimidation:

Shots Fired at Obama’s Denver Campaign Office, USA Today
Tagg Romney, Mitt’s son, Jokes About a Serious Matter, Said He’d Like to “Take Swing at Obama”, Michigan Chronicle
Evacuation of Obama Daughters’ School Because of Threat, Politico
Obama’s Oakland Campaign Office Vandalized, SFgate website
Obama’s Des Moines Campaign Office Vandalized, Huffington Post
Romney Beat Up Classmates As Teenager (After Assaults Finally Made Public, Romney Apologized), Washington Post
Romney Urges Employers to Tell Their Employees How to Vote, or Face Consequences, TheWeek dot com
Son of Wisconsin Republican Senate Candidate Says Obama Should Go Back to Kenya, Chicago Tribune
Obama Noose Displayed in California Town, Morgan Hill Times
…and the list goes on……….

Oct 24, 2012 10:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
checkthefacts wrote:

reuters conveniently leaves out more facts and details about democrats committing voter fraud on camera. They talk about asking for id before you vote and putting up signs saying voter fraud is a felony are suppression tactics? Ridiculous

Oct 24, 2012 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Dear Reuters:

Your headline is incorrect, the term is Disinform.

Misinform includes accidentally giving false info.

Disinform means to purposefully give false info.

The GOP is purposefully spreading disinformation which is just one form of Election Fraud. Voter Suppression is another form of Election Fraud that they are using.

Patriotism & the criminal aspects should also be noted.

:(

Oct 24, 2012 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ckj3 wrote:

More of Reuters unbias reporting get the boots out

Oct 24, 2012 10:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
possibilianP wrote:

Isn’t this the real voter fraud? Shouldn’t the people behind this kind of activity be arrested and prosecuted?

The Justice Department under Bush conducted an extensive, nationwide, five-year probe of voter fraud — and ended up convicting a grand total of 86 individuals, according to a 2007 New York Times report. Most of the cases involved felons or immigrants who may not have known they were ineligible to vote.

Not one case involved the only kind of fraud that voter ID could theoretically prevent: impersonation of a registered voter by someone else. Pennsylvania and other voter ID states have, in essence, passed laws that will be highly effective in eradicating unicorns.

voter ID was a solution in search of a problem. The problem seems to be that too many of the wrong kind of voters — low-income, urban, African American, Hispanic — are showing up at the polls. Republican candidates have been vowing to “take back” the country. Now we know how.

Oct 24, 2012 10:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

After Bush/Cheney cheated the country into two bloody wars on false premises, what else can be expected from Romney/Ryan and the ‘Party of NO’ to accomplish their goals at ANY COST than the utter lies?..

Oct 24, 2012 10:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

checkthefacts wrote: “reuters conveniently leaves out more facts and details about democrats committing voter fraud on camera”

On camera you say? Then by all means show us the video so we can witness this outrage for ourselves!

Oct 24, 2012 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
radioed wrote:

I had no idea Reuters was so leftist until lately. I’ve been seeing a lot of slanted articles supporting the dems and Obama. Maybe some of these efforts to inform might be to keep people from committing fraud and going to prison. Ever think about that ?

Oct 24, 2012 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CMEBARK wrote:

The Koch bothers are 21st century fascists. Their tactics are those of the Nazis in the thirties. These people are as dangerous as any external threat this country has ever faced. They are a Fifth Column for far right. They are intent in undermining our freedoms with money.

Oct 24, 2012 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

Apparently there’s still a sucker born every minute and 10 more to take ‘em.

Oct 24, 2012 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Typical republican tactics. Due to serious drops in their recruitment over the past 10 years, there are now 20% fewer republicans in America than Democrats. Young voters now register Democrat 2:1 over Republican (due largely to santorum-palin types who scare normal people away).

The only way the GOP stands any chance at the polls long term is to put up obstacles to try and keep Democrats away from the polls. The GOP has gone from the party of Ronald Reagan to the Party of ‘Hugo Chavez Booth Muscle.’ I guess you do what you can when you’re falling apart.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx

Oct 24, 2012 11:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

radioed wrote: “Maybe some of these efforts to inform might be to keep people from committing fraud and going to prison. Ever think about that ?”

I’m sure the 10 people who have been convicted of voter fraud since the turn of the century would have been greatful.

Oct 24, 2012 11:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

One word describes these cowardly acts, SICKENING!. This is a perfect example of why I have become more anti-Republican then pro-Democrat. The Democrats are not great by any means, but at least they believe in the core issues that make our country great, like the right to vote without fear of reprisals.

Oct 24, 2012 12:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

The Koch Brothers are just international businessmen. They might as well be Arabs or Chinese bankers. Their only interest in America is to turn us into a nation of customers for their foreign products and services. Installing republicans who believe in multi-national business lobbies like the “the U.S. Chamber of Commerce” is what they do. These GOP / Koch Brothers voting thug tactics at the polls are no surprise.

Oct 24, 2012 12:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KDupre wrote:

Where I live the intimidation and lies are coming from Democrats rather than the Republicans. I haven’t had one single problem with Republicans here.

For me the debates were an eye opener as I discovered that Romney was not the evil bastard that the Democrats are portraying him to be.

I even checked up on him on my own to make sure I learned the truth and was astonished at the outragousness of lies. (It made me sick that I believed much of what they were saying.) Guess it’s always better to not believe anything any politician says.

Won’t it be wonderful when this election is past us and we can get back to normal!

Oct 24, 2012 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

The party that howls about spending increased the national debt by 89% – the largest increase ever. Apparently, it wasn’t an issue when they were in a position to do something about it. Obama, to put a perspective on this, has increased the national debt by 43% while fixing the recession the Republicans left.

The party that howls about illegal immigrants did nothing while illegal immigration hit record highs. Apparently, that too wasn’t an issue while they where in a position to do something about it.

Now we find that the party that howls about voter fraud is doing it’s best to rig the vote…

Oct 24, 2012 12:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

So it’s all the Republicans targeting Democrats???

Kurtis Killian, a Republican from St. Augustine, Florida, was among those in three states who have reported receiving calls that encouraged them to vote by phone so they would not have to go to the polls.

Killian said he received a call from a man who identified himself as an employee of the Florida Division of Elections. Killian said he refused the caller’s offer to cast his vote by phone then reported the call to local elections officials.

“I know there is no such thing as phone voting,” Killian said. But “for someone who can’t get out easily,” such as elderly or disabled voters, “they might go for that – it would be convenient for them. Once you think you voted … you won’t go to the polls. My vote would be canceled out.”

Oct 24, 2012 12:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

americanguy
30%????????????

Oct 24, 2012 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Kurtis Killian, a Republican from St. Augustine, Florida, was among those in three states who have reported receiving calls that encouraged them to vote by phone so they would not have to go to the polls.

Killian said he received a call from a man who identified himself as an employee of the Florida Division of Elections. Killian said he refused the caller’s offer to cast his vote by phone then reported the call to local elections officials.

“I know there is no such thing as phone voting,” Killian said. But “for someone who can’t get out easily,” such as elderly or disabled voters, “they might go for that – it would be convenient for them. Once you think you voted … you won’t go to the polls. My vote would be canceled out.”

Oct 24, 2012 12:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Voter Fraud…ever here of the Chicago machine…it’s always the GOP though right????

Oct 24, 2012 12:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sidevalve56 wrote:

Jeez Reuters can you be any more transparent about which presidential candidate you favor??? Reporting is suppose to be unbiased and pertinent. The media is suppose to be there to help the public be better informed. This article is about voting shennaigans in a presidential election…which is fine…its interesting to hear what is going on. But to paint one of the political parties as a bigger offender than the other is misleading and unethical for journalism. Shame on you reuters for using your news outlet as a platform to sway voters. Both parties have done and continue to do things that are conniving and undoubtedly illegal. Singleing one party out over the other reguarding this topic is clown-shoes…

Oct 24, 2012 12:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
diluded0000 wrote:

This sounds like something that would happen in a third-world country. One with cash up front healthcare, no regulations on anything, and all the tax revenue going to a corrupt military backed government. This is the kind of behavior that lands UN election observers on your polling places.

Oct 24, 2012 12:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tx-peasant wrote:

This is a Democrat infomercial, not news.

Oct 24, 2012 12:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

Sensibility: “I have seen, first hand, Moveon.org volunteers tampering with voting machines on election day.”

You are such a Romney.

Oct 24, 2012 12:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xit007 wrote:

Come on guys – vote buying by the Democrats has been going on for years. Do ya think the Unions might put a little pressure on the members? It is absurd to think this is only a Republican tactic. I can hear the whining now….anytime anyone wants to verify a person’s voting right – it is voter suppression. Is it not a precious right we have. It is a American citizens right – I know on the left you think it is a human right but we are a country of laws. Stop trying to stuff the ballot box.

Oct 24, 2012 12:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JLWR wrote:

The extremely evil and subversive GOP is the culprit of voter fraud on a grand scale. In AZ, on the same voter pamphlet on the English side they said the election was on Nov. 6 and on the Spanish side they put the election date as Nov.8. AZ has a Rep. SEC and Recorder. The GOP is one giant evil subversive group of thugs who should never be allowed to govern anything in this country. They should be jailed for massive voter fraud!!!

Oct 24, 2012 12:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

Is this how you plan on covering up Libya?

Oct 24, 2012 1:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

I don’t blame the GOP for trying to intimidate voters. They’re desperate. I just don’t happen to find them very intimidating. Their efforts at this will fail, much like their efforts on just about everything else:

Iraq, privatizing social security, giving money and weapons to the Taleban in Afghanistan during the 1980′s. Selling missiles to Iran and funneling the money to Manuel Noriega to fight communists in the jungle (or just buy more cocaine for himself, whatever); trying for the 40th year in a row without success to make abortion illegal, 9-9-9 tax policy under Herman Cain. You name it. The GOP is synonymous in America with big stupid ideas that invariably flop. Voter intimidation by the Koch brothers will meet the same fate. No offense.

Oct 24, 2012 1:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

This is called robo-calling, it is done by a virtual IP based co. in Ohio that morphs its very entity and ip addresses from fear of being traced. It happened in the Canadian elections where Harper won by a slim majority, and he too is a right wing conservative with big jewish financing. The republican party is a devious party and will go to any lengths to retain unfair advantage on the poor class.
It’s up to us to really be informed and push back these scumbags.

Oct 24, 2012 1:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

Still waiting for the proof from the righties that voter fraud is an issue. All these cries about ‘stuffing the ballot box’ but no proof. Without proof it is just another one of the many conspiracy theories in your all’s heads (like the ‘left-wing media’ bias, Obama is a muslim, Obama wasn’t born in this country, etc…), but hey righties, the whole world is out to get you aren’t they?

Oct 24, 2012 2:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

“I remember when blacks were kept from polls and intimidated by force, when Bush and McCain ran for President. I also remember the Black Panthers acting as security guards to make sure blacks were not denied their right to vote.”

What are you talking about? You mean the Black Panthers dressed in army fatigues intimidating all white people at their polling place? The Black Panthers are not security guards for any one. And what was done is text book intimidation. I guess you can see it what ever way you want. Both parties have their tricks and gimmicks.

Oct 24, 2012 2:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mott wrote:

Desperation by some idiots?

Oct 24, 2012 3:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

When I belonged to a union they always tried to tell me how to vote. (Democrat) They may have been able to coerce union dues from me and give those dues to Democrats, but I always voted for whoever I thought was the better candidate. Seems to me I remember the last election when black panthers tried to intimidate voters. They got a free pass from the Democrat DOJ.

Oct 24, 2012 3:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

xit007 wrote: “Come on guys – vote buying by the Democrats has been going on for years. Do ya think the Unions might put a little pressure on the members?”

My father has been a member of IBEW for 40 years. My mother has been a member of NYSUT for 20 years. I have been a member of NYSUT for 10 years and was a member of NYSCOPBA for 4. None of us have ever once been pressured to vote for anyone.

Oct 24, 2012 4:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DannyAdams wrote:

I’d love to see the reactions in these neighborhood voting spots if anyone who gets turned away for whatever reasons walks away saying something like “Oh well, one less vote for Romney”.

Oct 24, 2012 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
foiegras wrote:

There are attempts to misinform, dis-inform, use half truths, outright lies, suppress votes, intimidate voters, throw registration forms in the trash, keep going. It’s a war of propaganda and deceit where the end justifies the means.

But in my anecdotal research – in Florida – voters don’t have the slightest idea what they’re voting for or why, and in many cases they appear to be voting against their own best interests. Their choices – if you can even call them choices – run on gut feelings and confusion. They are right on the surface of everything.

Maybe our experiment in democracy in America is a failed experiment. It presupposes an informed electorate. And even with all this agitation and millions of dollars for propaganda, only 50% of Americans vote in presidential elections. I see the downward spiral into the void, where cretins run the world – and they don’t run it good.

Oct 24, 2012 7:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
squavy_ wrote:

This article elevates (let alone equates) billboards admonishing against voter fraud with actual voter fraud. Employers excercizing free speech is paralleled with fraudulent letters telling voters their registration is invalid. What bias!

Oct 24, 2012 8:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

In Texas, they are trying to get rid of vote monitors by intimidating them with threats of prosecution. Why would they do that if they have nothing to hide? They would do that only if they are trying to rig the vote.

Given this level of dishonesty and vote rigging by Republicans, their howling for voter ID – which is the same as ‘Republican/Democrat ID’ – looks very different. Why don’t Republicans like anonymous votes, as every other mature democracy has?

Oct 24, 2012 9:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SuperVote wrote:

Attempts to misinform voters just speaks to how close this election will be this year. Your vote can make the difference. Share your endorsements with friends by downloading the SuperVote app (http://supervote.org) from the App Store and encourage your friends to vote.

Oct 25, 2012 2:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
EneryRUs wrote:

Voter ID should be required in all 50 states. Period. As to “Abulafiah’s comment on Texas.” The UN only exists because of US funding of that cesspool of do nothing coffee drinkers. F’em.

Oct 25, 2012 5:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChurchState wrote:

Did someone mention Willard Mitt Romney, Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and Super PACs? The state of Utah (host state of Romney’s 2002 Winter Olympics and world headquarters of the LDS/Mormon Church), has an aspiration to become the next Energy Headquarters of the United States (coal, oil, gas, nuclear energy, etc.) – by 2020. This will not be possible unless Utah Senator Orin Hatch, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and other LDS faithful lawmakers have the advantage of re-writting the federal rules in favor of making this dream come true. Will it be with individual state house bills like the Utah house bill HB148 passed by the legislature earlier this year and signed by Governor Gary R. Herbert to recover 20 million acres of Federal land? Will it also include the proposed anti-union California Proposition 32 (which recently received a $4 million contribution from the billionarie Koch Brothers of Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in the United States, and backed by the California Future Fund for Free Markets, and The American Future Fund, along with the Center to Protect Patient Rights)? What about the Utah Mine Safety Commission founded to replace the Federal Mine and Safety Commission of the United States? Also Utah HB477 an attempt to destroy government transparency? If so, I cannot say the American public will be too thrilled about our country being taken back to the era of the lawlessness and exploitation of the industrial revolution, which provided very dangerous high risk, overworked employment with excessively long hours, and under paid jobs, ladened with occupational hazards. This and other similar future movements will all be made possible through the work of Utah Senator Orin Hatch (a pioneer of state’s rights, and his current understudies Senator Mike Lee, and Congressman Jason Chaffetz) and other LDS faithful lawmakers (plus talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, and Glen Beck), and their big never ending push for states rights, and the dismantling of the U.S. government. I personally find the dream plan quite disturbing and I am not really sure Mitt Romney or the future Romney LDS/Mormon White House Administration has my or our children’s future in mind.

Oct 25, 2012 11:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jefflz wrote:

David Stockman who was Ronald Reagan’s Finanacial guru said recently:

“Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprises the old-fashioned way—out of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production. Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn “roll-ups,” and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale—the faster the better.”

Oct 27, 2012 4:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

@ KDupree

I suppose it depends on how you define “evil b—-d”. I’d define it as someone who has gone in and made huge managing fees, which does not leave enough to capitalise or improve a business, thereby bankrupting the company, and making employees lose their retirement funds that the company owes them. I’d describe it as a CEO who advised Philip Morris to target teenagers by lowering the price of cigarettes, thereby putting their health and well being at risk. I’d also describe an evil b—- as one who thinks he has the right to control a woman’s body and the choices she is able to lawfully make. It would be an evil b— who says you have to risk a woman’s mental and physical well being because she has to bear a child from rape, whine she may not be able to do safely physically and mentally. An evil b—- is someone who says he does not believe every person is entitled to life’s basic needs-especially healthcare, when there are millions of people who cannot afford to purchase it because of rates or preclusions. An evil b— is someone who would rather let you sink than swim. Not only has Romney done these things, he also not as competent in creating jobs as would like to say, with Massachusetts ranking 47th out of 50 states. And even more worrying is how he changes what he says he believes in based on the crowd to whom he is speaking. He has no integrity, and no loyalty towards voters. How you or anyone can trust this guy is beyond me. There is so much more that is not nice about Romney, and is why the State of NY through the Attorney General’s office is looking at how he has avoided paying taxes by being paid in future capital gains rather than the management fees (calling it something else) so he will not be taxed at the normal rate for income earnings for his tax bracket, but rather, the capital gains rate around 13%. Now ordinarily Americans do not have this choice. He is among the privileged few, and his taxation policies would elect that he is consciously protecting himself and those like him that would directly benefit from him closing all loopholes, except the capital gains low tax rate. You are seriously mistaken.

Oct 27, 2012 11:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

FYI the CEO comment referred to CEO of Bain.

Oct 28, 2012 1:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
featherknife wrote:

There is much to be angry about in this election cycle. But I , for one, and furious that the republican side has carried out such a systematic program to discourage voting. Nothing is quite as unamerican as that. There is no excuse, no rationalization for such a despicable act. If anyone is harassed by pole “watchers” this election….RAISE HELL. This is an illegal, and immoral activity. Yell at those fools. Make sure everyone in the polling place knows what is happening. Laugh at them. Then……..vote. Clint Eastwood and all the empty furniture in the world will not save Romney from going down in flames. He is toast. Dry, white toast.

Oct 28, 2012 3:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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