Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar are warning voters that mail-in ballots are “safe and secure” and that their information won’t be shared, despite robocalls spreading misinformation.
“These false, targeted robocalls are another desperate tactic to scare eligible Americans from participating in the election,” Shapiro said, in a recent statement. “Don’t listen to their lies – vote. We will protect every eligible ballot. All Pennsylvanians can be confident that voting by mail is safe, secure and legal.”
A number of people have complained to state authorities and law enforcement about robocalls that falsely claim a voter’s personal information will be given to officials to arrest people on outstanding warrants or to credit card companies trying to collect on debts, according to the attorney general’s office.
“Unfortunately, every election season brings a wave of disinformation purveyed by dishonest sources hoping to mislead voters and influence the election outcome,” Boockvar said. “Pennsylvanians must be vigilant against such lies, which are nothing less than an attempt to suppress their vote, and should only rely on verified official sources of election information such as votespa.com.
Law enforcement is investigating these robocalls, which, Shapiro said, are “blatant attempts to suppress mail-in voting in the Nov. 3 general election.” Such calls are illegal and violators will be prosecuted, he said.
Colorado, Oregon and Washington have had only mail-in voting for many years and, since the pandemic, many more states are offering the option.