Tuesday, November 4, 2008

You must vote today - you CAN'T vote tomorrow


Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today responded to reports of misleading text messages and "robo-calls" from around Missouri which encourage some voters to wait and vote tomorrow. The messages, forwarded to the Secretary of State’s office by several voters, have been sent to the U.S. Attorney’s office for further investigation.

"I have no tolerance for anyone intentionally causing confusion on Election Day. Every eligible Missourian should be able to cast their ballot today, and my office will immediately respond to any reports of misinformation," Carnahan said. "I am working with local election officials around the state to make sure poll workers and voters understand their rights. Anyone attempting to deprive voters of their rights on Election Day will be prosecuted."

Polls are open in Missouri from 6 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, November 4, and any voter in line by 7 pm will be allowed to vote. To report text messages or prerecorded calls containing false information, or any other Election Day issues, voters may call the Election Division Hotline at 1-800-NOW-VOTE.

Voters can locate their polling place, find out what type of identification to bring, and view a sample ballot at http://www.govotemissouri.com/.

Under Missouri law, knowingly providing false information about election procedures for the purpose of preventing any person from going to the polls is a class one election offense.

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