Voters in many of their states USA were targeted yesterday by robocalls urging them to stay home or vote on November 4, the last day of the election process, due to massive turnout at polling stations. U.S. citizens and authorities have reported robocalls in nine states, including New York, Florida, Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Iowa.
In response to the reports, state officials resorted to SOCIAL MEDIA to inform citizens about misinformation spread by robocalls, urging voters to vote by 8 p.m. ET on the last day of voting. Officials also advise citizens not to follow the robocalls' advice as they try to deceive them by tricking them into voting after the vote is over.
However, while some robocalls tried to mislead voters into appearing to vote on the wrong day, the vast majority simply tried to persuade voters to stay home. The message, which did not mention the voting process in an apparent attempt to avoid a possible law enforcement inquiry, said: "It simply came to our notice then. Time to stay home. Stay safe and stay home. ”. According to the Washington Post, more than 10 million robocalls of this type were recorded yesterday.
U.S. officials, including FBI and the Federal Communications Committee (FCC), stated that they know the campaigns and address the issue. However, the issue does not seem to worry them. In addition, US Department of Homeland Security officials (DHS) stated that robocalls campaigns take place every time they are conducted elections in the US, so this is not an unprecedented phenomenon. Some of these campaigns started even before the voting process.
According to a report by the Reuters news agency, the FBI is investigating the new wave of robocall campaigns targeting American voters. Also, the FBI, the CISA and other federal services stated that despite some malfunctions, the electoral process has not been tarnished by issues cyber security.