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SPEAK OUT: 'Vote by Phone' Campaign Tricks Reported

The efforts in Florida and Virginia are being aimed at elderly, Hispanic and African-American groups, a report says. Share your thoughts.

Some voter groups in Virginia and Florida are being targeted by anonymous voter-suppression groups to try to trick or intimidate them into not voting in the November presidential election, according to a media report.

According to the Huffington Post, the Virginia State Board of Elections is warning residents 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."

And in Florida, the  866-OUR-VOTE election protection hotline run by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has received a report of a similar call.

Also, the Huffington Post reported that the lawyers' committee is also investigating reports from callers into African-American and Spanish-language radio stations in Florida that they had received phone warnings that election officials would be checking car insurance and registration status at the polls.

Attempts to deceive members of certain demographic groups from voting is not new in the electoral process. However, the efforts usually start closer to Election Day, which is Nov. 6.

What has changed the trickster calendar? "I guess with the increase of early voting, they're moving these types of tactics up earlier," said Eric Marshall of the Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

-- What's happening in your area of Suwanee and Gwinnett? Do you have any friends elsewhere that have been targets of the calls? Tell us in the comments below.


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