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September 24, 2004

A voice from the vault

A reader called today, incensed over a political phone call. He said the caller said she was with his precinct, and had to update his voter information. He was listed as a “zero,” which was incomplete; they needed to update whether he was Democrat or a Republican, and whether he voted regularly.

He was suspicious. It seemed to him that the question was asked in language that suggested it was the government, or some neutral party, calling. Yet the information they wanted was not information the government had any business knowing. Or that anybody else had, either.

Who is this? The Democrats? The Republicans? She said it was Voters Vault. He pressed some more. She complained back: Nobody she had called had been this confrontational to her. He pressed on. What was a phone number? She gave him one, and he wrote it down. Then he called me and I called the number.

It was the Nethercutt campaign. Voters Vault is the Republican Party’s managed voter database.

Just so you know.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at September 24, 2004 03:23 PM



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