Text message from the president confuses voters


It’s a text message that has many voters in Kansas confused.

Is President Donald Trump personally sending reminders to people to vote?

“This is President Trump. Your early vote has not been recorded,” Derby resident Kim Patterson said while reading a text on her phone. 

It’s a text several people say they were surprised to get, all coming from different numbers, including local area codes.

KSN tried calling some of the numbers that the messages came from. 

One operator responded: “We’re sorry. You’ve reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service.”

But, the question becomes who is sending these messages?

Patterson and KSN’s Tiffany Lane went to the link attached to the text message. On the bottom of the site page said “Paid for by the Republican National Committee.”

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says some of the texts have caused people to call her office puzzled.

“We’ve gotten some people who’ve received messages saying they’re not registered to vote, or information that just and they are and so it seems to be there’s a lot of information going out,” she said.

Kansas GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold says political texts have been a popular tool over the last few years.

“Many campaigns and political parties are using text messaging to reach out and contact voters,” he said. 

Arnold continued to say “anywhere from voter rolls to doing our own research through like the political party when we’re calling people in the evenings.”

But, Patterson says she wants to vote off of her own research. 

“It’s up to you to pick who you want,” she said. “That’s your freedom.”

KSN is waiting for a response from the Republican National Committee to see if they have any information on the text messages claiming to be from the president. 

Lehman says if you do receive a message that doesn’t seem right, contact your county election office or try to see if the information is coming from a certified source. 

CORRECTION: Original headline originally stated Tweet. It has been corrected to text.

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