CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago election official says bogus automated telephone calls made over the weekend may have dissuaded hundreds of city election judges from turning up at the polls on Election Day.
Election board spokesman Jim Allen told reporters Tuesday that at least 2,000 judges out of more than 10,000 scheduled to work were no-shows.
Officials say the calls falsely told the judges they needed to attend additional training sessions.
Allen described the calls as a “dirty trick” and “malicious.” Allen didn’t say if Democrat or Republican-affiliated judges were more impacted.
Allen says election officials are asking a court to extend voting at six Chicago polling stations. He says that at least in some cases a shortage of judges contributed to the delays.