Robocall to Florida Voters: Vote Tomorrow

And more voting problems

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2012 4:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Hopefully Pinellas County residents weren't paying too much attention to robocalls they received this morning telling them they had until 7pm tomorrow to vote. The polls actually close tonight, of course, and anyone trying to vote tomorrow won't have their ballot accepted. But more than 12,000 calls that were supposed to go out from the County Supervisor of Elections office yesterday accidentally went out today instead, MSNBC reports. The calls were meant for absentee ballot holders who have not yet returned their ballots.

Fortunately, voters alerted the office to the error after about 30 minutes, and a new call went out to clarify that "today is Election Day." More voting news:

  • As thousands of residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy have not yet received their email and fax ballots, New Jersey decided to extend the email voting deadline to 8pm Friday, NorthJersey.com reports. Click for more on the problems surrounding New Jersey voting.
  • Philadelphia is seeing problems, too, citypaper reports. Some voters are reporting that they're registered, but their names aren't showing up on voter rolls, so they've been instructed to cast provisional ballots, which won't be counted for days. Some poll workers reportedly aren't even offering provisional ballots as an option. (Confusion over the state's new voter ID law, which was put on hold by a judge, last month, is also causing problems, Talking Points Memo reports.)
  • Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, at least one voting machine appears to select Mitt Romney even when the voter is touching Barack Obama's name. Slate says such glitches are relatively common; click to see the video.
  • And in Oregon, an election worker was fired after she allegedly altered ballots in favor of Republican candidates, the Raw Story reports. She's now facing a criminal investigation.

A man casts his vote at Hialeah Fire Station No. 5 in Hialeah, Fla. on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
A man casts his vote at Hialeah Fire Station No. 5 in Hialeah, Fla. on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago)
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