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View Diary: HEADS UP! Vote Suppression calls going out in VA and FL (11 comments)

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  •  Here's the statement (8+ / 0-)

    from the state board of elections.

    Voters Targeted with False
    Information on Ability to Vote by Phone
    Voters, especially seniors, receiving calls and told they can vote by phone
    Richmond, VA  – The  Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) is aware that some Virginia
    voters, particularly older Virginians, are receiving phone calls from unidentified individuals
    informing voters that they can vote over the phone. This information is false. Virginia law does
    not permit voting through the telephone. Apart from voting at the polls on Election Day, eligible
    Virginians may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in-person at the registrar’s office or other
    authorized satellite location. However, voting cannot be done via the phone, email, or any other
    means than absentee voting by mail and in-person during the absentee voting period or on
    Election Day.
    At this point in time, it is unclear how widespread these calls have been. However, SBE has
    received several complaints over the past few days.
    These calls may violate several state and federal laws and the State Board of Elections will alert
    appropriate law enforcement authorities   regarding this matter and provide new information if
    SBE receives additional voter complaints.
    We encourage any voter who receives a call matching this description to ask for the name, phone
    number, and organization from where the individual is calling. We then ask voters to contact the
    State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 and provide a staff member with that information.
    For this to work there would have to be an elaborate scam which included setting up a phone system that could fool some voters into thinking by calling into it they had voted already. There's no indication of that, so I wonder what the point is.

    Romney fires people and then complains they don't pay taxes.

    by Red Bean on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 11:18:17 AM PDT

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