Hundreds complain about voting mailing

Published: Jul. 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office wants the public to be aware of a voter registration mailing from a non-profit organization.

The Voter Participation Center's mailing has caused hundreds of complaints, among them:

  • Application was pre-filled with a nickname.
  • Recipient thought someone was trying to change their name.
  • Applicant on mailing is dead, in some cases since the 1960's and 1970's.
  • Applicant's name was misspelled.
  • Recipients were concerned with identity theft.
  • Underage children received applications.
  • Recipients questioned whether the pre-filled applications were legitimate.
  • Recipients were already registered.
  • Addressee on mailing didn't live at the address.
  • Addressee on mailing lives and is registered in another state.
  • Addressee on mailing isn't a U.S. citizen.
  • Recipients thought the secretary of state or registrar of voters was changing their voter registration information.
  • Applications contained insufficient information.
  • Recipients were confused by the mailing.
  • Signatures didn't match signatures on file in the Registrar of Voters Office.
  • Applications were mailed to convicted felons.

"If the mailing had included current information, we would not have had the numerous complaints that were filed with our office," said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. "Not only did the list contain dead people, but it also contained minors and felons which opens the door to voter fraud."

Secretary Schedler has responded to VPC and asked them to take responsibility for their actions.

VPC is Washington-based group with the goal of increasing voter participation.

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