January 23, 2024

Fake Biden Robocalls Told New Hampshire Dems Not to Vote in Primary

The New Hampshire attorney general's office is investigating a potential case of unlawful voter suppression following reports of a robocall impersonating President Joe Biden, advising recipients not to vote in the presidential primary.

The call, deemed an "unlawful attempt" to disrupt the election, features a voice resembling Biden and urges voters to save their vote for the November election.

The call concludes with the phone number of Kathy Sullivan, a former New Hampshire Democratic Party chair supporting a write-in campaign for Biden.

Sullivan began receiving calls from individuals who had received the message, expressing concern about potential efforts to harm Biden's image.

The investigation aims to uncover the responsible party behind the robocall, emphasizing the importance of prosecuting such attempts as an attack on democracy. The Biden campaign is actively considering additional actions in response to the incident.

State officials, including Secretary of State David Scanlan and Sen. Maggie Hassan, condemned the calls, highlighting concerns about artificial intelligence's impact on campaigns.

Sen. Hassan urges Granite Staters to ensure their friends and neighbors know the truth and turn out in even bigger numbers to write in President Biden's name.

The campaign of Rep. Dean Phillips, challenging Biden for the nomination, expressed deep concern over any efforts to discourage voters, emphasizing the potential misuse of AI to manipulate voters.

A spokesperson for Trump's campaign denied any connection to the calls, distancing themselves from the incident.

Kathy Sullivan, an attorney, plans to engage with federal law enforcement and demands a thorough investigation. Having experienced a similar incident in 2002, Sullivan stresses the need for prosecution to the fullest extent possible.

The investigation raises questions about the use of AI in campaigns and its potential impact on voter behavior. Despite the attempts at impacting voters, officials hope that Granite Staters will respond by turning out in large numbers during Tuesday's primary.

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