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Empty chairs are seen at a polling place Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Alexandria, Va. Republican candidate for Virginia governor Ed Gillespie faces Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Voters in one of Virginia's most racially diverse counties are getting phony election calls, ACLU says


Voters in Virginia reportedly received strange phone calls on Tuesday falsely informing them that their polling places had changed.

The American Civil Liberties Union alerted Va. voters to be on guard for the phony calls and to confirm their polling places online.

It's unclear where the calls are coming from or how many people were called, but Bill Farrar, director of public policy and communications at the ACLU of Virginia told Circa all of the reports they received came from voters in Prince William County.

Farrar said when the ACLU attempted to return the phony calls the numbers did not work, suggesting the callers had used a masking software.

Prince William County is one of the largest counties in Virginia and includes the cities of Manassas and Woodbridge. Hillary Clinton won the county In 2016 by over 57 percent.

Prince William County also has a large proportion of minority residents. According to the county Department of Economic Development, 20 percent of residents are African American and 22 percent are Hispanic.

A spokesman for the Prince William Country registrar said all reports were being directed to the Virginia Board of Elections in Richmond. A spokeswoman for the Board of Elections could not be reached for comment.

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