Cardin wants robocall investigation
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate Election Day eve robocalls that encouraged Democrats not to vote. Cardin, a Democrat, said in a press release that the calls were "clearly intended to suppress voter turnout."
"Relax," the robocaller said in a message that went out about 90 minutes before polls closed on Tuesday. The automated caller assured that Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley had already won the race. "The only thing left is to watch on TV tonight."
Much has been made about the robocalls, which were followed up by an automated message from Rep. Elijah Cummings saying it was still important to vote.
In her column today, The Sun's Laura Vozzella questions whether they were a dirty trick by Republicans -- or Democrats. One conspiracy theory, she writes, is "that the Dems were behind both calls. That would make Republicans look bad, the theory goes, and increase Democratic turnout in the process."
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler also has said he'll look into the matter.
In addition to his request to Holder, Cardin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he wants a hearing on deceptive voter practices that occured in the election cycle.