Voter Suppression in W. Virginia? [Updated]
by TexasDarlin, Fri May 09, 2008 at 04:25:33 PM EDT
While it's understandable that Barack Obama would like to minimize Hillary Clinton's popular vote gain in upcoming primaries, I would assume that he'd do so by advertising and campaigning in the states to turn out his own vote. And not like this...I truly hope that his campaign has not stooped this low.
I just received this via an e-mail list, and I would like to know from Senator Obama whether it is true:
Could you pass some info on to the rest of the callers that are calling into WV?
I've been talking with some people already on the ground in WV and the Obama camp is calling voters, NOT to get out the vote, but to ask for money - campaign donations. The gist of the call is that its not important that they vote, because the election is over, and then they ask for money to help put this primary campaign to an end and move on to the general election. Basically, they are telling voters its over. Then they ask for $400 donations...
And here is my open message to Barack Obama...
What is going on? Is your campaign instructing staff and volunteers to urge the citizens of West Virginia to stay home, and not to vote? I hope not, because that would be a serious obstruction of democracy. As you know, in a democracy citizens should be encouraged to participate in elections. You yourself have expressed pride in registering new voters and engaging people in the democratic process.
I implore you to immediately issue a cease-and-desist instruction to your campaign staff and volunteers for this kind of activity.
UPDATE: Based on comments, I want to explain, for those who are not involved in phone-banking for either candidate, that the calling lists always include supporters or leaners for both candidates and, crucially, undecided voters. Any Obama volunteer who has made more than a few calls would know this.
Cross posted at TexasDarlin
Not affiliated with the Hillary Clinton campaign.