Florida County Robocall Tells People to Vote Tomorrow Not Today

It’s interesting this kind of thing happens in a hotly contested swing state such as Florida:

An hour after polls opened Tuesday morning, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office mistakenly placed hundreds — possibly thousands — of automatic calls to voters instructing them that they had until 7 p.m. Wednesday to vote.

But that is wrong. Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Any ballots turned in after that time won’t be accepted.

The calls went out between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. because of a glitch with the SOE’s phone system. Calls were made Monday alerting voters who had requested mail ballots but had not returned them that they had until 7 p.m. “tomorrow” to get them turned in.

About 12,000 calls, however, didn’t get through, said SOE spokeswoman Nancy Whitlock. They were stored in a queue and recycled Tuesday morning. The “tomorrow” in the message meant for Monday was incorrect when it was delivered.

“About 30 minutes the calls were going out,” Whitlock said. “We stopped it immediately when we found out about it.”

Charlie and Carole Crist were campaigning for President Barack Obama in Tampa on Tuesday morning, when Mrs. Crist’s cell phone showed a call from Pinellas County, the robocall saying polls would open “tomorrow.”

“Unbelievable,” said the former governor.

It wasn’t easy alerting elections officials of the erroneous messages, said another voter who got the call.

And I assume that each of those voters who were misinformed will be contacted — no matter what it takes — so they can get their ballot in today.

         

7 Comments

  1. once again, f’ing florida….

    are these people too incompetent to run an election?

  2. Anyone who doesn’t know when the election is shouldn’t be voting. Not that this isn’t glaring incompetence, but still.

  3. Florida voting.

    Floria scientology epicenter.
    Floria materialism over tanned and insecure.
    Floria anti-intellectual beer crushing.

    You could do this for a long time.

  4. Not quite the same thing but I received a recorded call yesterday identifying itself as a democrat group which then urged me to vote for the republican endorsed Michigan Supreme Ct. justices. A shameful deception to say the least.

  5. Well, I just knew it. Theres that retrograde Mercury for you! :)
    Floridians have a difficult time of voting. Many who volunteer to help out passed senior status about 25 yrs ago. Most residents of the state have bad brain days caused by the awful heat and humidity, and the rest don’t get out much due to drug and gun related issues. Here’s hoping they get their s&*t together!

  6. I swear to god if this election comes down to a few hundred votes in a certain county, again, when there is a 1+ million skew of popular votes one way or the other I’m starting my own political party to destroy the electoral college process.

  7. This just in from Nebraska: Local news just announced they are having many problems at the voting sites here in Omaha. ( they just changed everyones voting location recently…STUPID) so many people are not showing up on their lists, others will have to find ways to get to their polling place and so may not be able to vote at all, and still others were handed ballots with Romney/Deb Fisher already filled in!!! They said they have NEVER seen anything like this mess. S#*T !!!

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