The “Vote by Phone” Vote Suppression Strategy

A friend from the Center for American Progress hipped me yesterday to a new, slimy vote suppression tactic: Telephoning Black voters and telling them they can vote by phone and therefore don’t need to go to the polls.

If Abraham Lincoln came back to life and saw this, he’d never stop throwing up.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

10 thoughts on “The “Vote by Phone” Vote Suppression Strategy”

  1. If Abraham Lincoln came back to life he would mostly be fascinated by the technology of the telephone.

    1. Actually he would mostly be fascinated by how he came back to life. Then he would marvel at the twenty-first century tech.

      1. Letterman has an old top ten list of things Abraham Lincoln would say if be were alive today. #1 was “Aieee!!! Iron bird!!”

    1. Clearly, there are lots of people who feel that lying when you’re doing the Lord’s work is ok with him. What’s a lie when there are blastocysts to save?

  2. I think if Abe Lincoln came back to life he’d realize that his postwar approach was a mistake. We should not have allowed the South back into the Union until it had repented of its treason and been purged of traitors.

  3. I’m curious about how the law works in the US in practice. Is it a criminal offence (at a state or federal level) to lie to people about election rules? If so has anyone been prosecuted for it, and what are the penalties? Then again, fines are irrelevant given the amounts of money being spent by the campaigns, and even the sting of jail time is diminished if a) the powers that be can find a low-level scapegoat and b) the low-level people decide the risk of jail time in return for large sums of money is a good deal, and/or they are zealots who believe they are somehow fighting the good fight by lying to supporters of the other team.

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