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Elections officials crack down on voting hoax email

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For many voters, it's a simple process if you do a straight party vote. Press one button on the electronic ballot, and you've cast your vote for many partisan offices.

"The voter who wants to do a straight party vote only has to select the party of their choice. They don't have to make a single other choice for all the other candidates on the ballot," said Henry Laye with Spartanburg County Elections.

But the South Carolina NAACP is warning to voters about an email hoax that tells voters to make a presidential selection first, before hitting the straight party ticket button.

The information is wrong, and it's enough for the South Carolina Board of Elections and the state NAACP to dispel the claims coming into many people's inboxes.

"There's a lot of confusion about straight party voting, and the warnings they are issuing out on the internet are absolutely timely," said Laye.

Greenville County NAACP President Clarence Echols said the problems with these email hoaxes are showing up in the Upstate.

"The only ones I have received have been forwarded emails from people that I know who have gotten (them)," said Echols.

Echols added that many of the emails involve telling people about the straight-party ticket hoax.

Elections officials gave FOX Carolina a demonstration Wednesday night with a voting machine and a sample ballot.

Say, for example, you want to vote a straight party ticket. By selecting the ticket, your vote will be cast for all offices tied to that party - president, U.S. representative, State House and Senate, in addition to any other local offices that may have a party on the ballot. No other buttons need to be pressed, unless you want to vote for any ballot initiatives, or non-partisan offices.

Laye said if any of the offices are selected for straight party tickets before or after someone makes the straight party selection, it would simply confuse the machine, and negate any vote you made before selecting the straight party ticket

"Review your ballot choices. Be cautious. Know what you're doing. It's that simple," said Laye.

Laye and Echols both add that if anyone has any questions, voters should call the professionals, and not the emails.

"Every vote counts," said Echols. "The last thing we want is somebody to go to stand in lane or whatever to send their absentee ballot in, and find out that what they did. their vote has been negated because of some misinformation people are trying to put out there."

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