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Friday, October 29, 2010

Voters warned about bogus online ballots

CONCORD – Someone seems to be trying to trick voters into casting bogus ballots online, the attorney general’s office warns.

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney announced Wednesday that his office has received complaints of phone calls, encouraging voters to cast their ballots early online.

In fact, it is impossible to vote online in New Hampshire, and officials are investigating the complaints as a potential effort to suppress votes, by tricking people into thinking they have already voted, Delaney’s press release states.

The press release asks anyone receiving any such solicitation to document it as completely as possible, noting what is said, the website address and the caller’s phone number. Anyone with information on the calls is asked to call the attorney general’s office at 271-3650, or the attorney general’s toll-free election line, 1-866-868-3703.

The office also can be reached by e-mail at electionlaw@doj.nh.gov. New Hampshire voters can register at their local polling place on Election Day, and voting takes place only at the polls, or by absentee ballet at the town or city clerk’s office.

If you go to a website, any action you take will not result in votes that will be counted at Tuesday’s election, the press release warns, adding that any information that would-be voters provide on such sites could also expose them to identity theft.

– ANDREW WOLFE