Ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary, Steve Kramer and two corporations orchestrated and distributed recorded message via robocalls to thousands of New Hampshire voters. The message used AI to mimic President Biden’s voice and the robocalls displayed a false caller ID number associated with a prominent figure in the state’s Democratic party, and told voters not to vote in the primary election.

On March 14, 2024, the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWV-US), the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire (LWV-NH), and several individual New Hampshire voters filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire against Steve Kramer, Lingo Telecom, and Life Corporation, who together delivered the robocalls. LWV-NH, LWV-US, and the individual voters seek to stop the defendants from using robocalls and AI technology to intimidate, threaten, coerce, or deceive voters.

Free Speech For People and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP represent the plaintiffs, along with local counsel Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau, & Pachios, Chartered, LLP.

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The lawsuit argues that the robocalls violated federal and state laws that protect voters from intimidation, threats, coercion, and deception:

  • the Voting Rights Act, which bans intimidating, threatening, or coercing, or attempting to intimidate, threaten or coerce, any person from voting;
  • the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits the distribution of unwanted and deceptive robocalls;
  • and provisions of New Hampshire state law, which prohibit the distribution of political messages via robocalls without disclosing the source of the calls or that deceive call recipients

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