VOTER ALERT: No Voting By Phone in Virginia

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From the Virginia State Board of Elections:

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 additonal voter complaints.

SBE encourages any voter who receives a call matching this decription  to ask for the name, phone number, and organization from where the individual is calling. Voters should then contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 and provide a staff member with that information.

Check your voter status and poll location at www.sbe.virginia.gov.

 

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