Warnings Given on Fake Poll Changes
State elections officials are warning voters about text messages that falsely claim that polling place locations have been moved for the Nov. 3 general elections.
State Election Secretary Paul Ziriax an Oklahoma resident received last week that falsely claimed the person’s polling place had changed.
The text message asked the voter to reply to confirm her name, and then provided a phone number to call to be removed from the list, according to a news release.
The phone number provided was reportedly for a male escort service.
“Disinformation about the voting process is a real threat,” Sheriff Ziriax said in the release. “Voters should be very cautious about phone calls, e-mails, social media posts and text messages containing false information about elections–and report suspicious communications to election officials immediately.”
It’s rare for polling places to change locations, he said. If it does occur, election officials will never contact voters through text messages.
Instead, voters will be notified via the mail.
Voters should also use the OK Voter Portal on the State Election Board’s website to verify their polling place.
The Website is ok.gov/elections.