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Calls Falsely Tell Va. Voters They Can Vote by Phone

Oct. 12, 2012

Todd Allen Wilson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

Virginia voters, especially seniors, have been receiving illegal, false phone calls in recent days telling voters they can vote by phone on election day, according to the State Board of Elections.

SBE spokeswoman Nikki Sheridan said the office has received 10 complaints that voters have been getting the misleading calls from "unidentified individuals," but it is not clear how widespread the calls are.

Sheridan stressed that there are only three ways for registered voters to cast a ballot in Virginia -- either in person at their local precinct on Tuesday, Nov. 6; by mailing in an absentee ballot which must be received on election day; or by casting an in person absentee ballot at their local voter registration office. In person absentee voting runs through Saturday, Nov. 3.

These misleading calls to voters are illegal under both state and federal law. Sheridan said the SBE is investigating the matter to determine who is making the calls.

The SBE is asking voters who receive one of these calls to try and get as much information from the caller as they can such as name, phone number and organization the person is calling from., and then contact the SBE with the information at 1-800-552-9745.

"We take this very seriously," Sheridan said. "It's an attempt in our minds to interfere with voters' rights to exercise their votes."



Source: (c)2012 the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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