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You can't vote by text

Scam artists con voters as a way to steal info
Posted at 7:45 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 07:11:11-05
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With election day Tuesday, early voting has wrapped up for election year 2016.
The Pima County Recorder's east side location was busiest Monday-- but  cut off early voting at 5pm.  Anyone in line by then could stay on and vote.
More than half of Pima County's voters have already voted either by mail or by early voting site.
Registered Democrats had the edge in mail-in and early voting with more than 120 thousand voters, Republicans had about 93 thousand.  Independents had about 69 thousand.
Scam artists are exploiting the urge to avoid long election day lines. 
A lot of early voters told us they did vote early to avoid getting into long lines tomorrow.
Scam artists anticipated that, and they're using it to rip you off.
Thieves don't need a gun to steal from you.  They just need a phone.
An ad has been circulating telling people they can skip long lines and vote with a text.
No you can't.
Your candidate will not get your vote.  But the scam artists will get all sorts of info on you.
Susann Miller of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona says, “People are being told,’Here's a code to text by phone,’  and so they're either taking a phone call or they're texting by phone and what's happening is it's just a phishing scam for the most part and you can actually be giving your information to a scammer."
The BBB offers a good bit of advice to avoid election scams.
Text isn't the only tool for the scammers.  They're using the election as an excuse to call out of the blue and trick you into giving up valuable info.