Milwaukee Democratic Party leader denounces ‘dirty tricks’

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The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County says Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s supporters are employing dirty tricks to keep recall proponents from the polls.

Sachin Chheda, chair of the county party, said in a statement this afternoon, “Scott Walker’s supporters are trying once again to divide and conquer the citizens of Wisconsin, this time with a recorded phone call that lies to Wisconsin voters in order to suppress today’s vote.”

Chheda referred specifically to the reports of automated calls going to people who signed the recall petition that say, “If you signed the recall petition, your job is done and you don’t need to vote on Tuesday.” The calls contain false information – a signature on a petition does not count as a vote, and voters need to go to the polls.

Chheda said, “This latest lowlife sleaze comes on the heels of countless reports from around the state of various Republican dirty tricks on behalf of Walker.… These tactics aren’t just shady and troubling. They’re un-American and downright criminal.”

Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline has received calls from hundreds of voters seeking information and reporting problems at poll locations throughout the state.

As of 1 p.m., the Election Protection hotline received 594 from voters with polling place inquiries, questions about residency requirements needed for election day registration, complaints about poll workers improperly asking voters to present ID in order to vote and concerns about the deceptive robocalls suggesting voters that who signed petitions or voted in earlier elections did not have to vote today. 

Election Protection’s hotline, staffed with civil rights attorneys, also received 519 calls over the weekend and on Monday.

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If voters feel that their rights are being denied or experienced intimidation at the polls, they should contact Election Protection’s 866-OUR-VOTE hotline immediately.

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