Hundreds of Florida voters told election is Wednesday

November 6, 2012

Hundreds and potentially thousand of voters in Florida's Pinellas County received automatic calls from the local supervisor of elections mistakenly informing them that they had until 7 p.m. tomorrow to cast their votes. Of course, they actually have until 7 p.m. this evening.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the calls went out between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday because of a phone system glitch. The calls had been intended for Monday to alert voters who hadn't returned mail ballots that they still had time to vote. About 12,000 of those calls didn't get through, but at least some of them accidentally went out again on Tuesday morning, Nancy Whitlock, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas supervisor of elections, told the paper.

"We stopped it immediately when we found out about it," she said.

The office sent out a second message asking residents to disregard the earlier call and reminding them that today is, in fact, Election Day.

Brady Dennis is a national reporter for The Washington Post, focusing on food and drug issues.
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