Why Is You Playin' On My Phone????

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What’s the deal with the automated calls going out to so many black voters in North Carolina?

“Hello, this is Lamont Williams. In the next few days, you will receive a voter registration packet in the mail. All you need to do is sign it, date it and return your application. Then you will be able to vote and make your voice heard. Please return the voter registration form when it arrives. Thank you.” [audio here.]

Facing South said the calls are from a group called Women’s Voices Women Vote a nonprofit in D.C. “which aims to boost voting among “unmarried women voters,” and that the calls violates state election law.

This isn’t the group’s first time at the party, either.

WVWV issued an apology in a statement.

We understand concerns have been raised about the source of phone calls placed by Women’s Voices, Women Vote. These calls were our sincere attempt to encourage voter registration for those not registered for the general election this fall. We understand North Carolina’s primary registration effort deadline was April 11, (other than those participating in early voting who may register and vote at the same time this week). We apologize for any confusion our calls may have caused. Our intent and purpose was solely to call attention to the registration applications we hope will be completed and returned to the Board of Elections office making thousands more North Carolinians participants in one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.

[Hat Tip, Hilzoy.]

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs about race and ethnicity for National Public Radio. He is a native of South Philly and reads and writes and runs and rants. You can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook.

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