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Akron police warn of robocalls falsely encouraging voters to wait to cast ballot tomorrow

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 14:52:47-05

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Police Department is warning residents not to fall for a robocall that is advising people to hold off on voting until tomorrow, which is extremely false information.

Across the state, reports are coming in of robocalls advising people of long lines at the polls and telling them they should hold off until tomorrow, despite today being the last day to vote in person.

As a reminder, the polls are open until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and residents who receive the call should disregard the false message.

Residents who receive the robocall are asked to call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2181.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the robocalls, according to a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency official, who called the robocalls a “voter intimidation, voter suppression tactic” and happen every election.

“Be mindful of people that are trying to intimidate you, undermine your confidence, but keep calm and vote on,” the CISA official said.

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