U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate robocalls made on Election Day that Democrats say were intended to suppress turnout in African-American communities.
“While I fully understand that campaigns can be rough and tumble, where candidates question and criticize their opponent’s record and judgment, some actions go beyond the pale and seek to intimidate voters,” Cardin said in a statement Thursday. “We must take action when entities deliberately use deceptive practices to marginalize and disenfranchise voters.”
The Washington Post and TBD.com first reported the robocalls on Election Day, and a later TBD item said the calls came from a number in the 202 area code. Cardin said voters in Baltimore City and elsewhere around the state received the calls.
In the calls, a woman’s voice tells voters to “relax.”
“Governor O’Malley and President Obama have been successful,” the voice said. “Our goals have been met. The polls were correct … and we’re OK. Relax, everything is fine. The only thing left is to watch on TV tonight. Congratulations and thank you.”
The mystery robocaller was mostly right. O’Malley walloped former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich by a 14-point margin, the largest reported in polls leading up to the election.
You can listen to the robo call in the player below: