PA councilman says online voting post was joke; officials not laughing

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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A Republican councilman from Pennsylvania says he deleted an online post about casting presidential votes via Facebook and Twitte because people didn’t realize he intended it as a joke.

State officials, however, are taking the matter seriously. Pennsylvania’s election oversight agency issued a warning to voters not to be misled by such posts. The governor’s office said any effort to disrupt the election would be prosecuted.

No state allows voters to cast ballots via Facebook or Twitter.

Murrysville Councilman Joshua Lorenz tells The Associated Press he didn’t imagine anyone would consider it “anything other than a farce” when he shared on Facebook an image that read, “Vote Hillary November 8th” and “You can vote at home comfortably online.”

He says someone apparently misconstrued the meme or took offense. Lorenz took it down Saturday after a couple of hours.

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