Some Florida voters accidentally told Election Day is Wednesday

Dylan Stableford
November 6, 2012

Some residents in Pinellas County, Fla., received calls on Tuesday reminding them to vote—on Wednesday.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the county election office accidentally placed "hundreds—possibly thousands of automatic calls" between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday—to voters who had requested ballots in the mail telling the voters that they had until 7 p.m. "tomorrow" to turn them in.

The calls were initially made on Monday, but according to the election officials, about 12,000 did not get through and were placed in a queue for Tuesday.

"We stopped it immediately when we found out about it," spokeswoman Nancy Whitlock told the paper.

A second call was placed by the office informing voters to disregard the first call.

This is not the first time Florida voters and other battleground states have received phone calls with bad information. According to the Associated Press, "persistent reports of robocalls incorrectly telling voters they can cast ballots over the phone" have been mounting in Florida, Virginia and North Carolina. The bogus calls have been largely targeting African American and Hispanic voters, the report said.

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