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Phone Calls, E-Mail Are Asking Some Voters To Cast Their Ballots Late

Posted November 2, 2000

— Election Day is always the first Tuesday in November, but some people are not so sure. A prank call and e-mail are telling some people they can vote on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Norma Currie heard a strange message on her answering machine. The message said, due to a large number of women voter registration, men will have to vote on Nov. 7 while women can vote on Nov. 8.

"It upset me so bad that I called everyone who I could think of," she says.

Currie contacted theState Board of Elections. Officials say they are outraged about the prank.

"I am very concerned whenever there is false information given to the voting public, especially when it is targeted to elderly women. It could affect the outcome of the election," says Gary Bartlett, director of the State Board of Elections. "When you have a tight race, a few votes can make a difference."

There have been other election hoaxes. There is an e-mail election hoax asking Republicans to vote on Nov. 7 and Democrats and Independents to vote on Nov. 8.

The official date for everyone to vote is Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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