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State election board warns voters of false texts claiming polling location change

State election board warns voters of false texts claiming polling location change
Posted at 2:11 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 15:11:04-04

TULSA, Okla. — Voters beware!

The Oklahoma State Election Board is warning voters about a false text message sent to a voter claiming their polling location had changed. Election officials referred the voter to law enforcement.

“Disinformation about the voting process is a real threat. Voters should be very cautious about phone calls, emails, social media posts and text messages containing false information about elections – and report suspicious communications to election officials immediately,” Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said in a press release.

Officials said the text message informed the voter their polling location had changed and asked them to reply with their name. The messaged then asked the voter to call a specific number to be removed from the notification list. The number, officials said, is reportedly for a male escort service.

State election board officials said it is rare for polling locations to change in Oklahoma. However, if the location were to be changed, the voter would be notified through the County Election Board via the United States mail.

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