Election Day Shenanigans?

No, I don’t think everything posted on the Daily Kos is legit. This one almost sounds like urban legend to me (it’s got too many elements of a group of hoaxes), but, this one hits close to home. Apparently some folks are being told that if they vote today, they’ll be arrested:

Tim Daly from Clarendon got a call saying that if he votes Tuesday, he will be arrested. A recording of his voicemail can be found online at: www.webbforsenate.com/media/phone_message.wav

The transcript from his voicemail reads:

“This message is for Timothy Daly. This is the Virginia Elections Commission. We’ve determined you are registered in New York to vote. Therefore, you will not be allowed to cast your vote on Tuesday. If you do show up, you will be charged criminally.”

Daly has been registered to vote in Virginia since 1998, and he has voted for the last several cycles with no problem. He has filed a criminal complaint with the Commonwealth’s attorney in Arlington.

Just so you know: polling locations are not changed by phone calls. They’re especially not changed on the day before election without a fire or other similar disaster, and no one from Montana is gonna be advising Arlington citizens if this is so. Show up. Bring ID. Vote. The worst that can happen is that you show up, you’re not on the voter rolls, and you’ll have to vote a provisional ballot. Those are reviewed by the elections board and then either counted if they’re valid or discarded if they’re not.

Show up. Vote. That simple.

1 Comment so far

  1. CY (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    Find out where to vote:

    Virginia State Board of Elections

    Maryland State Board of Elections

    DC Board of Elections

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