PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – With just over four months to the general election, Bay Area election supervisors are dealing with confusing information sent to registered voters.
What you need to know
- The voter registration application included in the mailer should no longer be used in Florida
- Group says they’re just trying to get more people to register to vote
- Group CEO says they will continue to work with election supervisors to check lists, mailings
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The mailers are from the non-profit group The Center for Voter Information. They come complete with a voter registration form and a letter to the recipient “You may not be registered to vote for your current address.”
Election officials say that for people who have already registered, it is confusing. In addition, they say that some of the information in the letter is incorrect.
“What is happening is that they are not only using the voter registration which is no longer allowed to be used in Florida, but also to voters who are registered to vote or to deceased persons, which is actually … that’s really hard to take,” said Pinellas County Elector Supervisor Julie Marcus.
We spoke to Tom Lopach, President and CEO of Center for Voting Information, who says their goal is to get as many people as possible registered to vote.
“So there are times when we miss the target,” said Lopach. “I think voters generally provide more information at this point than more information.”
“This week we spoke with an election agency in Manatee County and we continue to work with them to check our lists and check our mailings,” he added.
Meanwhile, to ensure your voter registration, Marcus says to contact your provincial election supervisor, and she had a message for CVI and other groups hoping to get more people registered to vote.
“Our message to these types of organizations is that if you are going to do good, then you have to be good at what you are doing,” she said.