Trust Index: Robocall telling people ‘stay home,’ Orange County Democratic chair says

Democratic party alleges calls are designed to suppress voters

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ORLANDO, Fla. – On the eve of Election Day, the Orange County Democratic party reports at least 11 people have received robocalls telling them to “stay home.”

According to a recording of the call, a robotic voice is heard saying, “This is just a test call. It’s time to stay home. Stay safe and stay home.”

“This coming on the eve of election, we think is designed to suppress the vote tomorrow,” said Orange County Democratic Party Chair Wes Hodge, while standing across the street from the Supervisor of Elections Office Monday. “We’re here to let the voters of Orange County know that the Supervisor of Elections has taken tremendous steps to make sure that every voter is as safe as they can be.”

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Hodge said they do not know where the calls originated from but wanted to tell people it is safe to go out and vote on Tuesday.

News 6 contacted the Supervisors of Elections in all nine Central Florida counties, and not one of them said they had received any complaints about the calls.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orlando Police Department both said they had not been contacted by anyone either, and they were not investigating.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation told News 6 they could not confirm or deny they were investigating any allegations involving the call.

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