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Voters receive suspicious calls about precinct changes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Secretary of State Natalie Tennant urged voters today to be wary of telephone calls notifying them that their precinct has moved or closed.

Tennant's office received several reports from Harrison and Raleigh county election officials that voters were getting phone calls about changes in where they should cast their ballots.

It would be "very unusual" for a county clerk to contact a voter by telephone with precinct information on Election Day, Tennant said.  

"An election official would not be baking a call like that on Election Day," said Jake Glance, spokesman for the Secretary of State. "That's why we think it's suspicious."

Voters should check with their county clerk or the Secretary of State, if they receive such calls today, Glance said. Voters also should report any suspicious calls about precinct changes to the same agencies.

"We want people, if they hear something suspicious, to tell someone," Glance said.

Glance said the Secretary's Office was looking into the reports. The office was trying to determine how many people received calls and which precincts were affected.

The Secretary of State's Office can be reached by phone at (304) 558-6000 or 1-866-767-8683.

Citizens can also find their county clerk's phone numbers and their polling place on the Secretary of State's website at www.wvsos.com.


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