Ericka Johnson, president of the Seattle Atheists, reports at the Friendly Atheist that opponents of a marriage equality referendum in that state are making phone calls lying to people by telling them that they have to vote no on the amendment in order to support marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
Opponents of marriage equality of reached a new low. They have been calling voters in Washington who support marriage equality and lying to them, telling them they need to reject Ref. 74 in order to allow same-sex marriage.
Which is the exact opposite of true.
They are flat out lying to voters and saying they’re volunteering with “Citizens of Washington United for Marriage.” That organization does not exist. But it sounds a lot like Washington United for Marriage, the organization actually working to educate voters about the importance of approving Referendum 74.
Unfortunately, it isn’t a new low at all — it’s the same old low. This kind of thing is routine for Republicans and conservatives (and maybe for Democrats and liberals too, but I can’t remember ever seeing a report of it being done by anyone other than the right; if you know of any examples, let me know). I’ve heard all kinds of robocalls designed to screw up the way people vote, always done very close to the date of the election. Sometimes they tell them that the date of the election has been changed, or the location of their polling place. Sometimes they tell them that if they sign a certain petition, they could be victims of identity fraud. And yes, sometimes they tell people that they have to vote the wrong way on a referendum. It happens in every election cycle. And it can be very difficult to track who is behind the calls because there are no disclosure requirements for them.