CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Voters report a text going around giving misinformation about where they should vote in Kansas.
The Secretary of State sent out a warning today. The text messages appear to come from Voting Futures, an out-of-state organization. Kansas officials say they often direct the voter to an incorrect polling location within their county.
“Voters should be on high alert for these messages,” said Secretary Schwab. “The Secretary of State’s office does not use third parties to contact voters or share election information on our behalf. State and local election officials are the trusted sources for election information, and I encourage voters to contact our office or their county election office for assistance.”.
(You can find state and local government election resources at KOAMNewsNow.com/elections)
A KOAM employee who lives in Kansas shared the text message they received via text message. It reads,
“Hi [NAME], this is Mari w/ Voting Futures. We want to make sure you have what you need to go vote. Our database has your address as [ADDRESS] and public records suggest you many not have voted yet (this data could be wrong, or old). If we got your address right, it looks like your vote location should be 302 E Cleveland Ave Pittsburg KS 66762 USA (pictured). Stop 2end”
The address the text gave the Pittsburg resident to vote is for the Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State University. While that may be a voting location for some, it is not where this resident votes.
The Kansas Secretary of State encourages voters to confirm their polling place and preview their ballot before heading to the polls. Kansas election information can be found on the Secretary of State’s election website, VoteKansas.gov. Kansas voters may also contact the Elections Division at 785-296-4561 if they have questions or require additional information.