No, you cannot vote by text

Posted: 1:46 PM, Nov 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-04 14:50:32-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ads are circulating online urging Hillary Clinton supporters to vote by text, but there's one serious problem: text voting doesn't exist.

Many have perceived the ads as more than just a harmless prank because the inaccurate information appears to be targeted toward minority voters. One version was written entirely in Spanish.

The images, which contain a line that says, incorrectly, "Paid for by Hillary for President," say voters can cast their ballots for Clinton early by texting "HILLARY" to 59925.

When PIX11 News texted her name to that number Friday afternoon, this message was received in reply:

"The ad you saw not approved by OR Hillary For America in any way. To opt-in to the real HFA list, text HFA to 47246."

Twitter initially said the deceitful ads didn't violate its terms of service, but later had a change of heart and began removing the ads and suspending accounts that created them. Other users are reportedly still posting the ads.

So, a crucial memo to all voters: If you want your vote to count, you'll have to get to the polls in person or mail in your ballot before the deadline.