Oregon state Rep. Parrish behind robocalls

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PORTLAND — State Rep. Julie Parrish says she was behind tens of thousands of automated phone calls to Oregon voters questioning their registration status.

The West Linn Republican told The Oregonian she was considering legislation on the subject and wanted to find out whether a phone call to inactive voters would spur them to vote in the November election.

The calls generated complaints from nearly every county in the state.

Oregon political consultant Tim Trickey says his firm made the calls but he mistakenly attributed them at first to a business group.

Trickey's Northwest Market Research made robocalls to 73,000 Oregonians. He says the “do not call” list doesn't block automated calls involving political activity.

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