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Voter suppression scheme targets Oregon voters, calls claim ballots won't count

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon voters are receiving automated calls that falsely claim their ballots won't be counted in the upcoming election.

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins has requested the Oregon Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate the calls.

The recorded calls state the person answering the phone is not registered to vote and their ballot will not be counted.

State leaders said anyone who received a ballot for this election is registered to vote and their ballot will be counted if it's returned to a county clerk's office by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The issue was reported to the state by Oregon county clerks who have been hearing from Oregonians about this apparent voter suppression scheme.

“We are not sure who is behind these calls, but we take this type of voter suppression activity very seriously,” Atkins said. “There is simply no circumstance under which an Oregonian who has received a ballot should receive a call challenging their registration status. Get your ballot in by 8 p.m. Tuesday, and your vote will be counted.”

For ballot drop box information, go to oregonvotes.gov/dropbox.

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