Virginia State Board of Elections warns of 'vote by phone' scam

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October 16, 2012


By Eric Veram

RICHMOND, Virginia: On Friday, October 12, the Virginia State Board of Elections published a press release warning that some citizens have been receiving phone calls telling them they can vote over the phone. The board reports that this information is false and adds, "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." The board said that it is unknown who the caller is, and noted that they appear to be targeting older voters. The board says that should you receive such a call, you should ask for the caller's name, phone number, and organization from where the call is being made. Then, the board asks that you contact them at 800-552-9745 and provide a staff member with that information.[1]

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