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Examples of Deceptive Practices

What are Deceptive Practices?

Deceptive Practices Through The Years

Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Act & State Legislative Action


Maryland robocalls:

Audio: "Our goals have been met. The polls are correct and we took it back. We're OK. Relax. Everything's fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight."

These robocalls were the subject of 2011 trial and conviction of former campaign manager to Republican candidate and former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich. The calls were placed in predominantly Democratic and African-American neighborhoods near Baltimore and Prince George's County.


Texas flyers:

Misleading flyers were placed on the windshields of vehicles at a predominately African-American polling place in Houston that claim to come from a non-existent group called the "Black Democratic Trust of Texas." The flier told voter to not vote straight ticket or a vote would not be cast for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Bill White




Printed on official looking letterhead, flyers told voters that due to higher than expected turnout, Republicans vote on November 4th (actual Election Day) and Democrats vote on November 5th.


George Mason University (Virginia):

An email supposedly sent from the Office of the Provost at George Mason university, told students that the election had been moved to November 5th.



Maryland Flyers and voter guide:

On Election Day 2006, a voting guide falsely suggested that prominent Maryland Democrats were endorsing Republican candidates in the hotly contested gubernatorial and U.S. Senate election.



A letter written in Spanish on the letterhead of an organization called the California Coalition for Immigration Reform was circulated to 14,000 Spanish-surnamed households telling them that immigrants would be arrested if they voted in the Election.



Flyers from AL, OH, PA and WI:

Examples of flyers from across the country with false information.