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Voter Helpline Almost Directed To Adult Phone Chat

Due to a mistake in a press release, Hoosiers calling in to a voter helpline Tuesday were nearly directed to an adult chat line.

The Secretary of State’s office put out a press statement Tuesday directing people who experience issues on Election Day to a voter hotline, 1-866-IN1-VOTE. But the first release accidentally listed the number with a 1-800 prefix…and that directed callers to a “hot girl” phone chat number.

Secretary of State spokesperson AJ Feeney-Ruiz, who made the error in the press release, says he realized his mistake almost immediately and sent out a correction. But a northern Indiana newspaper printed the first release without the change. Fortunately, Feeney-Ruiz says no voters appear to have called the wrong number.

“We received no complaints,” he says, “and are aware of only the one paper that ran the wrong number.”

Feeney-Ruiz says he’s glad things worked out and even poked fun at the situation.

“In retrospect,” he says, “it could have been much worse: I could have accidently referred Hoosiers to a New England Patriots fan line.”

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