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Finkenauer's team apologizes for polling text message mistake

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UPDATE: Abby Finkenauer's Campaign Manager Joe Farell released the following statement after Iowa's were receiving text messages telling them to go to the wrong polling places. 

As part of our efforts to engage voters and increase participation in this election, our campaign sent out text messages on Monday reminding voters of election day and where they go to vote.  When we heard that there might have been a problem with texts from our campaign, we took immediate action.  We contacted our vendor to start investigating how this might have occurred and who may have been impacted. We then sent out a text asking voters to check their polling location with the Secretary of State's office and provided a link to the polling location finder.

We then contacted the Secretary of State's office to let them know we were aware of an error and we're working with our vendor to investigate what might have gone wrong. Our understanding is that a few dozen people were sent inaccurate polling locations unintentionally.  

Our campaign never intended to misdirect any voter and we are deeply disturbed this happened. We apologize for the confusion this might have caused any voters.  We hope the text with the link to the Secretary of State's website averted anyone from going to the wrong polling location.  We are taking corrective steps to ensure this never happens again.  We sincerely apologize for this error.

- Joe Farrell, Campaign Manager, Finkenauer for Congress 

Iowans were receiving text messages Tuesday telling them to go to the wrong polling places, the Iowa Secretary of State's Office released a statement saying they do not believe the texts were "malicious in their intent." 

A comment from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office says, "We believe the text messages with incorrect polling place information were created in error by one of the campaigns, and were not malicious in their intent. When and if we are able to get detailed confirmation, we will release additional information."

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