by Steven Ertelt
November 2, 2004
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) — A leading abortion advocacy group has been accused of giving wrong information about polling venues to voters in South Carolina, where pro-life candidate Jim DeMint and pro-abortion candidate Inez Tenenbaum are fighting a contentious battle for an open Senate seat.
The State Election Commission says it has been receiving complaints from angry voters who say they received automated telephone calls from the pro-abortion group Emily’s List with incorrect information about the local of polling places.
Marci Andino, director of the election agency, told the Associated Press that he appreciates the "intentions" of the group to disseminate election information, but that it should be given correctly.
Ramona Oliver says her group, which has endorsed Tenenbaum, has placed over 170,000 calls to South Carolina voters and said four people have contacted her group to complain about receiving wrong information.
Andino did not say how many people contacted his office about the Emily’s List phone calls.
Tom McLean, a Bush supporter, told AP that he is anxious to vote but is concerned after getting a call from the pro-abortion organization.
"They asked for me and they said he needs to vote at another precinct and they mentioned another precinct," McLean said.
McLean said the caller told him he had to vote at a different local elementary school than the one he usually votes at. He called the school to check and found out the information was wrong.
McLean told the Associated Press he is worried that Emily’s List is intentionally calling voters it knows are Bush and DeMint supporters to get them to go to the wrong polling venue.
"They’re going to go to the precinct where they said they were supposed to go and they’re going to wait in the long lines," McLean told AP. "Then they’re going to get frustrated when they find out they can’t vote there."
Emily’s List has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars backing Tenenbaum. Congressman DeMint, who is pro-life and has co-sponsored key legislation on Capitol Hill, has an edge in polls and the backing of pro-life groups.
Related web sites:
State Election Commission – https://www.scvotes.org