Oregon political parties weigh in on robocall controversy

ROBOCALL DEM RESPONSE

Serious allegations are being thrown back and forth just two days before election day, and they're about robocalls.

Frank Dixon, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon said the Oregon Republican Party put out robocalls to voters of all  political affiliations and gave them faulty information. 

"The real problem is that these folks are registered and validly registered and they're being told they're not registered, which is in fact voter suppression," said Dixon. 

"There's a false narrative being pushed out there and being repeated by some media outlets that the Republican Party is attempting to suppress the voter and nothing could be farther from the truth," said Bill Currier, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party. 

Currier said they've called mainly Republican voters, encouraging them to get out and vote. He said there are households with more than one party affiliation, so sometimes the wrong person picks up the phone. Currier said the information they use comes from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. Still, Dixon said he's concerned. 

"We would hope the Secretary of State follows up with an investigation. We want the lists, the targeted lists that the Republicans have that they've used, turned over so they can be looked at by not only the Secretary of State but by the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice," Dixon said. 

"They act like they're speaking for the Secretary of State, the FBI and the Department of Justice, making demands on behalf of those agencies. It appears like collusion and abuse of power in a Democrat controlled state," responded Currier. 

Allegations aside, as election day looms, both parties are working hard to get people to vote. 

The Secretary of State's Office is looking into the robocalls. 

Currier said they've changed their scripts to try to make their robocalls more clear. 

The bottom line is if you received a ballot, turn it into a county elections office or an official ballot drop box by 8pm on Tuesday and your vote will be counted. 


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