Feds Investigating 'Robo-Call' Election Dirty Tricks

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LOS ANGELES ( KTLA) -- The U.S. Justice Department is investigating complaints of 'robo-calls' to primarily Spanish-speaking voters that instructed them to vote Wednesday, a day after Election Day.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Mitchell, who is overseeing voting-related claims for Southern California, confirmed that he has received "one or more" complaints, but was unable to comment on them.

Watchdog group Election Protection said the Hispanic voters in central and southern Los Angeles received the reminders telling them to vote on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Election Protection Director Kathay Feng said her group learned of the calls and mailers from Democratic party officials and did not know when they were received, although she believed most had come since Monday morning.

Election Protection, a national group, says it has received more than 11,000 requests for assistance nationwide with over 2,500 of them coming from California voters.

The group said most of the problems seen Tuesday were simple mistakes by poll workers and election officials.

This isn't the first instance of reports of election 'dirty tricks.' In 2006, thousands of naturalized citizens with Latino surnames living in Orange County received a letter falsely stating that they could be arrested if they tried to vote the election for the seat of Anaheim Democrat Loretta Sanchez.

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