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Text messages being sent to Iowans about wrong polling places

UPDATE: According to the Iowa Secretary of State, the text messages sent to voters in four counties "with incorrect polling place information were created in error by one of the campaigns, and were not malicious in their intent."

The voters impacted are in the following counties: Black Hawk, Johnson, Linn, Polk & Winneshiek counties. County auditors there are giving those reports.

There will be an already-scheduled briefing on election security at 2 p.m.


DES MOINES - There have been reports of text messages to voters that tell them to go to the wrong polling place, and now the Iowa Secretary of State is investigating it.

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office has received reports from four counties of text messages to some voters with incorrect polling place information. Employees are currently investigating these reports. Some of the erroneous text messages start with, "Tomorrow is the Democratic Primary", and do not identify the source. 

If you are not sure where you vote, contact your county auditor or use our polling place lookup tool on the Iowa Secretary of State's website.   

We will provide more information when it becomes available.

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