However, the examples also show that the Flake campaign could have - and/or should have - avoided many of these misleading robocalls by either inserting the targeted voter's name into the message, or by having the computer check the phone number for address discrepancies and not call those.
Both solutions would take additional programming or capabilities, but one (or, both) should have been incorporated given the serious consequences of directing voters to incorrect polling locations.
If you are interested in viewing the entire detailed response from the Flake campaign, please contact Arizona's Politics; the first example is reproduced at the bottom of this post.)
The Jeff Flake campaign has issued its response to the reports - and, the freshly-announced FBI investigation - regarding Flake robocalls informing voters of the wrong polling places.
To recap: Channel 12 aired a report yesterday, with very specific details about multiple calls with incorrect information given.
This afternoon, the Arizona Democratic Party announced that it was requesting that the FBI and other law enforcement to investigate the robocalls.
The Flake campaign issued a more complete response than that theyhad provided to Channel 12 yesterday. It is reproduced in full after the jump. First, they blame the Carmona campaign for "grasping at straws", although there is no indication that the campaign had anything to do with veteran political reporter Brahm Resnik obtaining this story. (The statement also blames Resnik for not providing them with "detailed information" prior to running the story.)
The Flake campaign then lists a few scenarios that could have led to the incorrect robocalls.
Analysis: The Flake campaign's explanation is probably legit, but insufficient. IF you are going to give voters specific info like that, you are responsible for making sure that you are giving CORRECT info.
To address the "same phone number" issue, they could have included THE VOTER'S NAME in the robo-call. To address the "voters had moved", they could have included THE ADDRESS. Likewise, to address the "adult children" scenarios.
Statement from Jeff Flake on KPNX 12 Story
Response to Democratic Complaint
Name: Mary Crecco
Contact information: 480-614-5687
Address: 17212 N Scottsdale Rd Apt 2240, Scottsdale, AZ
Polling Location voter was sent to: Emmanuel Bible Church (note: there
is no polling place with this name, although there is an Emmanuel
Presbyterian Church, 3839 E Shea Blvd, Phoenix)
Correct Polling Location: Copper Canyon School, 17650 N 54th Street,
Move recently: No.
Note: She still has the message recorded on her answering machine.
Mary Crecco’s phone number (480.614.5687) is shared with three
registered voters: Mary Crecco, Concettea Crecco, and Samantha Moore.
The campaign was calling to reach Samantha Moore who we show living
at 6633 E Greenway Parkway. Samantha is a Registered Republican as
of 4/17/09 in the Horizon precinct and the polling information provided on
the call was correct for that precinct.
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