False information phone calls raise concerns over vote counts

By Hailey Hammer

Persistent robocalls are falsely informing people that they can cast ballots over the phone causing problems in several states.

Calls have cropped up in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. Most of the calls are automatic, but some are live, telling people they can cast their votes over the phone, reports the New York Daily News.

The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law mounted a counterattack by making thousands of calls informing people that they cannot actually cast their ballots over the phone. The identities behind the fake calls are still unknown.

Barbara Arnwine of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said if the race is too close in states like Ohio or Florida, it is possible some of these problems may see the court.

Fake calls have also been made in Florida. The calls were made accidentally by the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office. They were stopped immediately as soon as the office was made aware of the mistake.

Continuing for half an hour after they started, with 12 000 people on the calling list, it is unknown how many were reached before the calls were stopped. The call informed the voters that they could vote until 7 p.m. on Wednesday to cast their ballot, whilst polls actually close 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Any ballots turned in after this time will not be accepted.

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