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Fake robocalls kept Chicago election workers away: election official

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 01:09

Election officials in Chicago say fake ''robocalls'' to scores of election workers kept some of them away and may have been intended to ''disrupt'' the vote. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Election officials in Chicago had to send out some 250 standby election judges today because some election workers didn't show up. A city election officials blamed the sudden shortage on what he said were "malicious" robocalls ... made to election judges over the weekend telling them -- inaccurately -- that they had to report for more training on Sunday or they couldn't work on election day. That kept some of the judges away today. SOUNDBITE: LANGDON NEAL, CHICAGO BOARD OF ELECTION, SAYING: "We feel there was a malicious intent to disrupt the administration of the election and we won't tolerate." In other cases, dozens of judges said they got phone calls demanding they vote a certain way if they want to get paid as an election judge. The city's 15,000 election judges get $170 to work election day. Local media reports the city knows where the robocalls came from. They also apparently know which political party the calls were telling judges to vote for. Election officials are turning the information over to the Cook County state attorney's office.

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Fake robocalls kept Chicago election workers away: election official

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 01:09