GOP line-jammer in legal jam

Published July 1, 2004 4:32PM (EDT)

It's disturbing to know the lengths (depths, really) to which some people will go to win an election -- voter purges in Florida, say -- yet satisfying when dirty tricksters get their due. A former GOP consultant pleaded guilty on Wednesday to jamming Democratic telephone lines during 2002 general elections in New Hampshire to keep voters from calling for rides to the polls. Among the lines jammed were for the Manchester firefighters' union.

"'There is, short of murder, not much that is more horrific in America than purposely trying to stop people from voting,' said Raymond Buckley, vice chairman of the N.H. Democratic Party. He said the jamming was obviously an organized effort. He called for the investigation to continue 'until every single person who had knowledge of this and paid for this is prosecuted.'"

GOP N.H. Chairman Jayne Millerick says the company was supposed to encourage people to vote Republican, not to jam lines. Well, that's a relief. But in the future, N.H. Democrats might want to try smoke signals or Morse code to communicate on Election Day, just in case.

By Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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