US Election voting booth hoax spreads on Facebook

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Facebook users are mistakenly sharing a warning with each other about how to behave in voting booths during today’s elections for the American presidency.

Here’s a typical message:

Voting hoax

Another version reads:

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"PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THIS!!! In the event that you are planning to vote democrat on Nov. 6, when you go into the voting booths, DO NOT SELECT THE BUTTON "all democrats" first, because Barack Obama will be excluded from the vote. However, if we choose "Barack Obama" first, and then "all democrats", he will earn our votes. People are not being told this information, because they are trying to use every trick in the book. TELL EVERYBODY YOU KNOW THIS! PLEASE FORWARD to as many people as possible even!!"

According to reports, the warning is not only confusing and alarmist – but could lead to some voters getting muddled and not voting for their preferred candidate.

ObamaI don’t have any first hand experience as I’m not an American citizen, but I’m told that in some states choosing the party first on a voting machine, can lead to all of the candidates of your preferred political party being chosen – including the presidential candiate.

That could mean if you get confused and subsequently make a presidential selection for a second time, you could uncheck your vote for the president.

My advice? Review your choices closely before you press the final button in the voting booth.

Things were so much easier with a paper ballot..

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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