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Inaccurate robo-calls confuse Pasco voters

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Misleading and confusing -- that's how Brian Corley, Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County, describes several robo-calls made by a group called Organizing for America.

"I don't believe it was malicious. However, it is frustrating for voters who show up here," said Corley.

Corley says the group, which is linked to the Obama campaign, made a number of robo-calls telling people they could vote now by picking up a ballot at their local elections office.

While the message never said "early voting has started,", hundreds of voters took it that way and showed up to elections office ready to vote.

"I would respectfully ask the good people at Organizing For America, maybe they need to tweak their message because their target audience did not receive that message," Corley said.

The political group says they did nothing wrong. They would not talk on camera, but released a statement to FOX 13, saying the group "remains committed to helping the millions of eligible Floridians who are expected to cast their ballots this election do so in the proper way."

But while their message could have been crafted more clearly, the group is also under scrutiny for what happened at a Pasco County high school. School officials say a volunteer for the group claimed to be with the elections office in Pasco County and gave a pro-Obama speech to the students at Gulf High School.

That may have violated federal or state election laws.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. John Mann says that situation is under investigation.

"We did not want partisan messages or those kinds of things occurring in our school," Dr. Mann said.

In the meantime, Supervisor Corley says the voters that did show up to his office to vote early made their visit count.

"Pasco voters are very patient. We had many, many voters who asked for vote-by-mail ballot, and they are probably going out in the mail as we speak. So all was not lost in that endeavor," Corley said.

Misleading and confusing -- that's how Brian Corley, Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County, describes several robo-calls made by a group called Organizing for America.

 

"I don't believe it was malicious. However, it is frustrating for voters who show up here," said Corley.

 

Corley says the group, which is linked to the Obama campaign,  made a number of robo-calls telling people they could vote now by picking up a ballot at their local elections office.

 

While the message never said "early voting has started,", hundreds of voters took it that way and showed up to elections office ready to vote.

 

"I would respectfully ask the good people at Organizing For America, maybe they need to tweak their message because their target audience did not receive that message," Corley said.

 

The political group says they did nothing wrong. They would not talk on camera, but released a statement to FOX 13, saying the group "remains committed to helping the millions of eligible Floridians who are expected to cast their ballots this election do so in the proper way."

 

But while their message could have been crafted more clearly, the group is also under scrutiny for what happened at a Pasco County high school. School officials say a volunteer for the group claimed to be with the elections office in Pasco County and gave a pro-Obama speech to the students at Gulf High School.

 

That may have violated federal or state election laws.

 

Assistant Superintendent Dr. John Mann says that situation is under investigation.

 

"We did not want partisan messages or those kinds of things occurring in our school," Dr. Mann said.

 

In the meantime, Supervisor Corley says the voters that did show up to his office to vote early made their visit count.

"Pasco voters are very patient. We had many, many voters who asked for vote-by-mail ballot, and they are probably going out in the mail as we speak. So all was not lost in that endeavor," Corley said.

Misleading and confusing -- that's how Brian Corley, Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County, describes several robo-calls made by a group called Organizing for America.

"I don't believe it was malicious. However, it is frustrating for voters who show up here," said Corley.

Corley says the group, which is linked to the Obama campaign, made a number of robo-calls telling people they could vote now by picking up a ballot at their local elections office.

While the message never said "early voting has started,", hundreds of voters took it that way and showed up to elections office ready to vote.

"I would respectfully ask the good people at Organizing For America, maybe they need to tweak their message because their target audience did not receive that message," Corley said.

The political group says they did nothing wrong. They would not talk on camera, but released a statement to FOX 13, saying the group "remains committed to helping the millions of eligible Floridians who are expected to cast their ballots this election do so in the proper way."

But while their message could have been crafted more clearly, the group is also under scrutiny for what happened at a Pasco County high school. School officials say a volunteer for the group claimed to be with the elections office in Pasco County and gave a pro-Obama speech to the students at Gulf High School.

That may have violated federal or state election laws.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. John Mann says that situation is under investigation.

"We did not want partisan messages or those kinds of things occurring in our school," Dr. Mann said.

In the meantime, Supervisor Corley says the voters that did show up to his office to vote early made their visit count.

"Pasco voters are very patient. We had many, many voters who asked for vote-by-mail ballot, and they are probably going out in the mail as we speak. So all was not lost in that endeavor," Corley said.

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