You might remember the puzzling robo-calls coming from a group called Women’s Voices Women Vote, earlier this year during the Democratic primary. Back then, our conclusion was, they were more incompetent than malicious — breaking the laws on robo-calls because of ignorance rather than dirty tricks.
Well, as lawyers are fond of saying, ignorance of the law is no excuse. The AP reports that Women’s Voices Women Vote was forced to pay a $100,000 fine in North Carolina for breaking the state law in May that says robocall groups must provide information on the group or a way to contact the organization.
The group also was ordered to stay out of politics until after Election Day.
“It was not our intention that the robocalls or our mailings cause any confusion as to whether any individual was already registered to vote,” Page Gardner, the group’s president said in a statement. “To the contrary, our effort was squarely aimed at encouraging registration of underrepresented voters in North Carolina for the upcoming general election.”