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Officials warn Michigan residents of misinformation after Flint voters targeted in robocalls

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 14:38:23-05

FLINT, Mich. (WXYZ) — State officials say Flint residents are being targeted in voter suppression robocalls.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said residents are getting calls saying they should vote on Wednesday, due to long lines.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the state is speaking with the mayor of Flint to ensure every voter in the city is receiving correct information.

“We received reports that an unknown party is purposefully spreading misinformation via robocalls in Flint in an attempt to confuse voters there, and I want to ensure everyone who plans to vote in person understands they must do so — or be in line to do so — by 8 p.m. today," Benson said in a statement. "Lines in the area and across the state are minimal and moving quickly, and Michigan voters can feel confident that leaders across state and local government are vigilant against these kinds of attacks on their voting rights and attempts at voter suppression, and we will be working quickly all day to stamp out any misinformation aimed at preventing people from exercising their right to vote."

Additionally, the FBI is investigating these robocalls, per a senior CISA official.

The official added this is a “voter intimidation, voter suppression tactic” and the official also pointed out that robocalls of this nature happen every election.

“Be mindful of people that are trying to intimidate you, undermine your confidence, but keep calm and vote on,” the senior CISA official continued.