Annoying robocalls were reported in Massachusetts asking voters to “stay safe and stay home” on election day, which the FBI investigated.
A 42-year-old Medford man told the Herald that he received one of the mysterious calls today, despite dialing weeks ago.
“At first I thought it was a communal call about the coronavirus,” said Janaka Stucky, “but then it felt lazy to me and I reported it to a hotline.”
Voting hotlines – including one run by Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins – have been set up to intercept false polls. Boston FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera said the bureau was “aware of the robocalls.” She had no further comment.
She added that anyone who receives suspicious calls to vote “should review all election and voting information they receive from their state and local election officials.”
The US Attorney’s Office in Boston also said they were “aware” of the robocalls.
Reuters reports that the FBI was investigating robocalls Tuesday, others in North Carolina and Michigan. A spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire said she had received no reports of robocalls on election day.
Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel tweeted that she was making reports of “multiple robocalls to Flint residents.” She added that the calls were “FALSE” and “an attempt to suppress the vote”.
Medfords Stucky, who said he worked in the publishing industry, said the call he took was “an attempt to keep people indoors”. He said the call was, “This is just a test call. Time to stay home. Stay safe and stay home.”
He urged everyone else who received the same call to ignore him and get out and vote.
“If you haven’t voted, don’t be discouraged by this call today,” he said.
Concerns have been circulating for weeks about attempts to pause the vote or influence a person’s decision as President Trump and Joe Biden battle for the presidency in a race that is expected to break centuries-old voting records across the country.
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