SBE: Beware of 'Vote by Phone' Scam

Virginia State Board of Elections says scammers call voters, solicit votes over the phone.

The Virginia State Board of Elections said Friday voters — particularly older Virginians — are receiving phone calls from unidentified individuals informing them they can vote over the phone. 

"This information is false," the SBE said in a release. "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."

SBE said it was not clear how widespread the scam calls have been. 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, the board said.

"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 additional voter complaints," SBE said in a release. 

If you receive a call matching this description, SBE recommends asking for the name, phone number, and organization from where the individual is calling. Then, contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 and provide a staff member with that information.

John Smith October 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Assuming this alleged scam is for real (a rather big assumption, I'd hope) the only logical motivation for it would be to thwart legitimate votes by the people being scammed. Are the people who claim to have been approached by these scammers all registered Democrats or all registered Republicans? This might offer a clue as to who is behind it, again assuming it's for real. Frankly, if anyone is foolish enough to fall for such a blatant scam, maybe it's just as well that their vote not be counted? It certainly wouldn't speak highly for their intelligence or good judgement.
Stella McEnearny October 14, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I assume any sentient human being of any age would refuse to fall for this nonsense! We don't even answer our phones unless we recognize a caller's number, or unless they leave a message.
Marlowe October 24, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Mr Smith: Voting is a right as an American Citizen. It is not determined by how intelligent u are or are not. EVERYONES VOTE SHOULD COUNT..Not just smart peoples'. I question ur intelligence in making such a foolish statement so should ur vote not b counted?
Marlowe October 24, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Btw..it is for real...my mom was called. SHE IS A REGISTERED VIRGINIA DEMOCRAT AND SHE IS 73 YRS OLD. She's has a master's degree and is highly intelligent and I must say has very good judgement. No she didnt fall for it but with all the things we can do by phone now, she did question it. And that made sense to me. How many seniors do u think didn't? If they have to win by cheating, is it really a win at all? I think we all lose!


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