Phone jamming is a pejorative term used to describe a certain type of voter suppression.
It refers to episodes where partisan political operatives or organizations try to reduce voter turnout by utilizing techniques designed to interfere with the ability of those likely to vote against them. These political operatives or organizations then make phone calls, sometimes from a call center, to jam the phone lines of another partisan political organizations.
New Hampshire Senate Race (2002)
A famous example of illegal phone jamming involves the New Hampshire Senate race in 2002. This scandal involved the use of a telemarketing firm, hired by the New Hampshire Republican Party (NHGOP), using a call center to jam the phone lines of a get out the vote (GOTV) operation. In the end, 900 calls were made for 45 minutes of disruption to the Democratic-leaning call centers. This case led to several federal indictments. Four men have been convicted or have pled guilty to federal crimes for their involvement, while there are ongoing appeals.
Phone jamming news
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- Huffington Post, "Phone Jamming"
- ABC News, "How to Rig an Election:Convicted Phone-Jammer Tells All"
- ABC News, "How to Rig an Election:Convicted Phone-Jammer Tells All," accessed March 14, 2014
- Department of Justice, "Former RNC New England Regional Director Indicted in New Hampshire Phone Jamming Case," accessed March 14, 2014
- Fox News, "Former GOP Official Gets Prison Term for Phone Plot," accessed March 14, 2014
- New York Times, "The New Hampshire Phone Scam," accessed March 14, 2014