NC AG warns of illegal robocalls spreading misinformation about Election Day

NC AG warns of illegal robocalls spreading misinformation about Election Day
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. Voters across the U.S. received anonymous robocalls in the days and weeks before Election Day urging them to “stay safe and stay home” — an ominous warning that election experts said could be an effort to scare voters into sitting out the election. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File) (Jenny Kane)

RALEIGH, N.C. — People who haven’t voted yet are being warned about illegal robocalls spreading misinformation about Election Day in North Carolina.

“Time to stay home. Stay safe and stay home,” the illegal voicemail said.

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There have been reports of similar calls in several other states. It’s an ominous warning that election officials say could be an effort to scare voters.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said the people behind the calls are trying to steal votes.

The calls, which feature a computerized female voice, began over the summer and increased dramatically last month.

Voters in Flint, Michigan, meanwhile, received a separate robocall telling them, falsely, that they could vote on Wednesday.

A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security said the FBI is investigating robocalls that seek to interfere with someone’s right to cast a ballot.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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