Some voters seeking election assistance today via the Indiana Secretary of State's Hoosier Voter Hotline may have gotten a little more than they bargained for.
The secretary of state's office sent out a press release Monday identifying a toll-free number the public can call for questions on voting in today's elections. The number was actually incorrect, though, and connected callers to a recording that provided another toll-free number -- to a phone sex line, it turns out.
"For fun, stimulating conversation anytime, anywhere call (telephone number deleted)," the message said. Talk about "hotline."
The office caught the boo-boo 35 minutes after the original email went out and sent a correction, with the true Hoosier Voter Hotline number.
A.J. Feeney-Ruiz, the secretary of state's spokesman, fessed up to the mistake.
"This is my mistake. I actually wrote down the wrong number," he said. "Human error."
He hadn't received any reports of voters calling the incorrect number.
One Elkhart Truth reader, though, reported that the incorrect number appeared in a story in the online version of the Goshen News and that she got an unexpected surprise when she called it. She later informed the Goshen News of the mistake and the newspaper has since replaced the wrong number with the right one.
The correct number for the Hoosier Voter Hotline is 866-461-8683.