Saturday 18 November 2017

Deborah Charles: Efforts to mislead and pressure voters intensify as US poll day looms

President Barack Obama speaks at a joint campaign rally with Vice President Joe Biden, left, on Tuesday at Triangle Park in Dayton. Photo: AP
President Barack Obama speaks at a joint campaign rally with Vice President Joe Biden, left, on Tuesday at Triangle Park in Dayton. Photo: AP

IN Florida, Virginia and Indiana, voters have received phone calls that wrongly told them there was no need to cast a ballot in person on Election Day because they could vote by phone.

In Ohio and Wisconsin, billboards in mostly low-income and minority neighbourhoods showed prisoners behind bars and warned of criminal penalties for voter fraud - an effort that voting rights groups say was designed to intimidate minority voters.

And across the nation, some employers - notably David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who help fund the conservative group Americans for Prosperity - are pushing their workers to vote for Republican Mitt Romney for president.

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