Flake Campaign Accused of Misdirecting Voters

Nov 5, 2012

A handful of Phoenix-area residents have accused Jeff Flake’s Senate campaign in Arizona of trying to suppress Democratic voter turnout.

But Flake says it’s much ado about a mistake.

Jeff Flake at the 2011 Veterans Day parade in Phoenix, Arizona.
Credit Gage Skidmore

The story first broke Sunday night on Phoenix’s Channel 12, with a report on several registered Democrats who said they received robocalls encouraging them to vote for Flake, a Republican, and reminding them of their polling place.

The only trouble is that it was the wrong location.

One voter who spoke to KJZZ said she was told to go vote at a school 8 miles away from her actual polling place at a Scottsdale church.

In a statement, Flake said his campaign sent out 120,000 robocalls over the weekend, but that it targeted Republicans.

Any Democrats who received a call, he said, were a mistake and due to incorrect information on the voter rolls.