The Department of Justice Provides Input on Lawsuit Regarding Robocalls in the 2020 Election

The Department of Justice Provides Input on Lawsuit Regarding Robocalls in the 2020 Election
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The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on a civil lawsuit against two conservative political operatives accused of using robocalls to dissuade Black voters from taking part in the 2020 election. The department said Friday that defense lawyers for the two men were misinterpreting the Voting Rights Act, although the department emphasized that it was not taking sides in the civil litigation and is not a party to the suit.

The robocalls falsely told voters that if they voted by mail, their information would be used by law enforcement to track old warrants and by credit card companies to collect debts — even by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track people for mandatory vaccinations. “Don’t be finessed into giving your private information to the man, stay safe and beware of vote by mail,” the automated recording said.

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