Fake ads tell people they can vote by texting

Richmond, Va. (WRIC) — Fake ads have begun making the rounds on social media, telling users to text their votes for the Presidential Election.

Unfortunately, there are no states that allow voting via texting.

The only legal ways to vote are turning in an absentee ballot or showing up in person at your local polling precinct.

The phony ads use imagery directly from Hillary Clinton’s campaign materials, and urge supporters to “vote early” and “vote from home” by texting to a five-digit number.

Other ads show an African-American woman and a Hispanic woman, in what may be an attempt to target minority voters. One ad is written entirely in Spanish.

Twitter is beginning to suspend the accounts that share the ad. Officials haven’t yet said exactly who behind creating the ads.

Voter intimidation has been an issue this election year on both the Republican and Democratic sides of the ticket.

In Virginia, some polling locations are employing workers to just be on the lookout for signs of voter fraud or intimidation.

Complaints on Election Day can be directed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Richmond at (804) 819-5400 while the polls are open.

Otherwise, you can file a voter complaint with the Virginia Board of Elections here or the ACLU of Virginia via phone and email.

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