The robocalls, pretending to be President Biden, were made to Democrat voters urging them not to vote in the state’s primary.
A plaque at the New Hampshire State Library commemorates New Hampshire's historic rank as hosting the first presidential primary in the country. (Alice Giordano/The Epoch Times)

A Texas-based pollster has been identified as the source behind AI-generated robocalls pretending to be President Joe Biden during the recent New Hampshire presidential primary, state Attorney General John Formella announced.

Mr. Formella said he believes it is the first criminal investigation into the use of artificial intelligence to interfere with an election.

The robocalls were conducted by Life Corporation, which is owned by Arlington, Texas businessman Walter Monk, Mr. Formella said.

Between 5,000 and 24,000 fake calls allegedly were made by an AI-created President Biden urging New Hampshire voters to stay home on primary day and wait to vote instead in November.

“It’s providing us a real-life example of an attempt to use AI to interfere with an election,“ said Mr. Formella. ”AI-generated recordings used to deceive voters have the potential to have devastating effects on the democratic election process.”

At a press conference on Feb. 6,  Mr. Formella said the fake calls of President Biden were made two days before the primary.

Cease-and-Desist Order Sent to DNC

After learning of the Jan. 5 memo, Mr. Formella sent a cease-and-desist letter to the DNC, demanding it stop describing the New Hampshire primary as “meaningless.” He also deemed the DNC’s statements “false, deceptive, and misleading” and said his office would be investigating.

The DNC did not respond to inquiries from The Epoch Times about the robocalls.

Mr. Formella serves under New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who has been campaigning for GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley and has drawn speculation that he would be her vice president pick should she win the nomination.

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