Monday, October 29, 2012


Voter Suppression Groups have been identified in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester, N.Y. -- The following information is true and accurate.  Please share it widely.

A number of our supporters have reached out to the Slaughter campaign saying that they have been receiving harassing phone calls from a group based in San Diego, similar to the harassing calls that went out against Democratic State Senate candidate Ted O'Brien earlier this month. This group has been rudely calling voters 5 or 6 times per day, asking if they are voting for Louise, and then hanging up.

We have also had supporters reach out to the campaign to tell us that individuals unaffiliated with the campaign have been knocking on doors in the inner city, identifying themselves as canvassers for Louise, and telling supporters of Louise that they "don't have to vote anymore" because they're being "checked off the list."

Even more disturbing, we have been alerted that True the Vote, a national voter suppression group that has been profiled by The New York Times, the Fairport-East Rochester Post and other outlets, has established a presence here in Rochester, and plans to be active here on Election Day.

In order to combat these underhanded tactics, the Slaughter campaign is undertaking a number of steps.

Right now, we've got a dedicated team of lawyers in place that has been working with our campaign as well as community leaders to make sure voting rights are protected. 

The Slaughter campaign will be conducting a voter education campaign in Rochester this Thursday, November 1st from 6-8pm at New Life Fellowship Church, 330 Wellington Avenue, and also at Mt. Venon Missionary Baptist Church, 351 Joseph Avenue.  These sessions are intended to ensure that people are confident in their right to vote so that they will not be deterred by any outside group's effort to suppress them.

In addition, Common Cause and the NYCLU have partnered up in a joint election-day effort to ensure Rochesterians, especially minorities and seniors who are usually the targets of voter suppression efforts, are afforded one of their most sacred rights as citizens -- the right to vote.

OTHER KEY INFO:  The Monroe County Board of Elections would never call a person and tell them their polling place has changed.  This info would be shared in writing on Monroe County Board of Elections letterhead.

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