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People in Tippecanoe County have been getting calls telling them about long election day lines and offering them a chance to vote by phone. The problem is that there is no vote by phone program in Indiana or any other state except Vermont.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson says she thinks it is a scam designed to make Hoosier voters think they have voted by phone, keeping them away from the polls on election day.
“The only logical thing that we can assume is that it must be a candidate or political party who knows that the person they are calling is of a different party. They want them to think they voted, and they don‘t want them to show up to the polls,” Lawson says.
Lawson says they were able to track the phone number to the Seattle area, but were not able to find an organization behind the calls. The name that appears on the caller ID, “Vote USA”, is a registered company near the Washington D.C. area, but Lawson says they are not responsible. Lawson says if misleading calls continue the investigation into who is behind them will also continue.