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Voter suppression via text message?

Marcia Gelbart reports at 1:54 pm:

Voter suppression via text message?

Marcia Gelbart reports at 1:54 pm:

In Roxborough's 21st Ward, voters report that they are receiving text messages on their cell phones that while turnout may be high and lines long, don't panic: You can vote tomorrow.

Which, of course, they can't.

"I didn't see the messages, but I'm getting complaints," said Mary DiPiero, an election judge in the ward's 25th division.

She said she knows of three separate cases, and that one voter told her the area code the message came from was 347, which is in New York City.

She said Obama campaign officials have been alerted.

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