Elections chief warns of fake pollster calls

Voters’ phones were ringing off the hook this weekend, as some candidates and independent outfits sought to get a reading of the race a week and a half before people go to the polls.

And at least three people reported receiving a phone call from an organization claiming to the Boston Elections Department and asking people’s opinions on a casino. Elections Commissioner Geraldine Cuddyer said Monday that the reports seemed to center around East Boston, a neighborhood which will be weighing in on whether a casino should be build at Suffolk Downs.

Cuddyer said the fake pollsters also asked questions about municipal candidates. “I don’t want people to think it’s us,” Cuddyer said. “We never do any kind of polling activity.”