Oregon Secretary of State: State GOP made 'robocalls'

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins says the state's GOP has acknowledged making automated calls that falsely told voters their ballots won't count.

Molly Woon, a spokesman for Atkins, said Saturday the investigation is continuing to determine whether the Oregon Republican Party is the only source of the misleading calls.

She says that's because of variations in the scripts that voters heard.

Atkins says it's legal for political parties to reach out to voters who are officially "inactive" -- but it's critical to make sure lists of such voters are up-to-date to avoid confusion.

Atkins previously said the automated calls were voter suppression and asked the Oregon Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate.

The Oregon Republican Party did not return a call seeking comment.


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