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SmashMouth 08-17-2012 08:39 AM

Nonprofit raises eyebrows with mailings seeking to increase voter registration
 
"Register to vote today!" instructs the envelope of the mailer, which notes: "Voter registration documents enclosed."
For help, the brochure instructs people to "Please visit the Texas Secretary of State website," and the return address for the enclosed voter registration form is: "The Voter Participation Center, Office of Secretary of State, Elections Division, PO Box 12060, Austin, TX, 78711-9904."
What has concerned some recipients, though, is that Texas elections officials did not send it.

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These voter registration forms, and others like them in other states, are being mailed nationwide by a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., called the Voter Participation Center. The organization says it is working to help register the estimated 73 million Americans nationwide who are currently not on the voting rolls, specifically targeting what it describes as underrepresented voting blocs.
But officials in states like Florida, Texas, Louisiana and others report that the mailers are causing confusion among residents and that they’ve shown up in mailboxes addressed to dead people, children and even dogs and cats.
"It's just ridiculous, and I think needs to be exposed for what it is," Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said. He said the mailings in his state have been rife with problems, and only about 10 percent of those his office has received have actually been valid registrations.
"This is happening all over the country prior to the presidential election," said Schedler, a Republican. "It needs to be stopped, and folks need to take a look at it because the integrity of the election ... is utmost in my mind."
"This is America, it's their right," he added. "But I don't know why they would try to, in my opinion, disrupt the process and cause undue work on states."
Schedler has charged that the Voter Participation Center's mailings also "open the door to voter fraud."


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