Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is warning Hoosiers not to
accept phone calls offering over-the-phone voting.
prompted to issue this warning after receiving complaints from voters who
received phone calls offering to let them vote early over the phone, her the
Secretary of State’s Office said last week.
circumstances can you vote over the phone,” Lawson said. “If you receive a
call offering to let you vote over the phone, hang up. It’s a scam. This
investigation centers around a firm called Vote USA. But there could be
other similar types of illegal contact with voters and we must remain
investigated Vote USA, in conjunction with Tippecanoe County Election Board
members Amy Wenrick and Jared Bond and Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa
Coffey. The office also consulted with the Indiana Attorney General’s office
and with attorneys general from around the U.S.
The scam works
like this: the Vote USA caller advises voters that lines will be long on
Election Day and that they can vote over the phone. Caller ID list the
caller as Vote USA and list the number as (425) 390-8108. Voters who receive
a call from Vote USA should ignore the call.
unsolicited political calls should be reported to the Secretary of State’s
Office, the Indiana Election Division, or the local county clerk. Voters may
call (866) 461-8683 or (866) IN-1-Vote to report a suspicious call.
Hoosiers who can
not make it to the polls on Election Day may vote prior to November 6 by
requesting an absentee ballot on www.indianavoters.com Absentee ballots are
available beginning 29 days before the election. Hoosiers may also vote
in-person up to 29 days early during business hours at most county clerk’s