Automated call from Pinellas County Elections Office accused of misleading voters

Message implied voters had until Wednesday to vote

By Allison McGinley - News Director
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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - In Pinellas County on Tuesday, automated calls from the elections office went out to 12,000 voters  telling them that they could vote on Wednesday. At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday,

The Supervisor of Elections office recycled Monday's message saying that voters "have until tomorrow at 7 p.m.,' which implied voters had until Wednesday to vote.

Elections officials said once the error was caught, another message then went out to the same voters, telling them Tuesday was the correct day to vote.

The California company that owns the automated calling service used by the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections says its technology was not faulty on Election Day.  Instead they say, the Supervisor of Elections office simply didn't update the automated voice message.

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