AG warns residents about robocalls spreading false election information

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Voters walk to a polling station to cast votes for GOP and Democratic primary candidates Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Chandler, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today warned Pennsylvanians voting by mail-in ballot is safe and secure and information about voters will not be shared, despite false claims made in recent robocalls.

“These false, targeted robocalls are another desperate tactic to scare eligible Americans from participating in the election,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Don’t listen to their lies – vote. We will protect every eligible ballot. All Pennsylvanians can be confident that voting by mail is safe, secure, and legal.”

Pennsylvania agencies and law enforcement have received complaints about robocalls falsely claiming that personal information about mail-in voters will be shared with law enforcement agencies seeking to arrest people on outstanding warrants, and with credit card companies seeking to collect outstanding debts. 

“Unfortunately, every election season brings a wave of disinformation purveyed by dishonest sources hoping to mislead voters and influence the election outcome,” Secretary Boockvar said. “Pennsylvanians must be vigilant against such lies, which are nothing less than an attempt to suppress their vote, and should only rely on verified official sources of election information such as votespa.com.”

Law enforcement is investigating these blatant attempts to suppress mail-in voting in the Nov. 3 general election, and violations of the law will be prosecuted. 

Attorney General Shapiro and Secretary Boockvar encourage all Pennsylvanians to be vigilant and check the reliability of information before believing it to be true or sharing it.  Additionally, voters should report any suspected election scams or disinformation campaigns to law enforcement or to the Department of State at 877.VOTESPA. 

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