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Nevadans Awakened By 1 AM Sandra Day O'Connor Robocall

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  Harry Cabluck/AP Photo hide caption

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People in Nevada have many of the problems that exist elsewhere in the nation, only more intensely so. Unemployment. Foreclosures. Even dumbness, some say.

So they really don't need yet another hard knock. Like robocalls in the wee hours. With the recorded voice of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, no less, asking them to approve a ballot proposition for the merit selection of judges.

As the Las Vegas News Journal reports:

Phone calls that come in the dead of night rarely bring a happy message, even if the voice on the other end of the line belongs to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Thanks to human and computer errors, thousands of Nevadans were roused from sleep Monday when an automated telephone message asking voters to consider Question 1 next week went out at 1 a.m. rather than 1 p.m.

"This was inexcusable," said Greg Ferraro, principal of The Ferraro Group public relations firm and a member of Nevadans for Qualified Judges, a group hoping to change how district and Supreme Court judges are selected in the Silver State.

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