September 27, 2014 9:00 am -

According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, hundreds of North Carolina residents – and a cat – have received incorrect voter registration information.


[su_center_ad]The culprit is the Conservative group Americans For Prosperity. AFP sent out an “official application form” with incorrect information.

A form was received by a resident addressed to her cat.  (I just can’t type that enough times)

Since receiving the forms, hundreds of people have called with complaints to the State Board of Elections, Joshua Lawson, a public information officer for the board, said.

“It’s unclear where (Americans for Prosperity) got their list, but it’s caused a lot of confusion for people in the state,” Lawson said.

“The phone calls have consistently been all day, every day,” Lawson said.

The News Observer reports:

The form includes incorrect or conflicting information, as outlined below, according to the State Board of Elections.

• At the top, the form states voter registrations are due 30 days before an election to the State Board of Elections’ office. Below, in smaller type, it states the deadline is 25 days before the election.

The deadline to register to vote is actually 25 days before the general election, but people should send information to their county elections board, not the state board, Lawson said. If voters do send their information to the state board, it will be forwarded to the appropriate county board, Lawson said.

• The first page also states people should return the registration to the N.C. Secretary of State’s office, though the envelope is addressed to the State Board of Elections.

• It states the Secretary of State’s office has an elections division and can answer questions about registration.

The Secretary of State’s office does not handle elections, Lawson said, though other states do house their elections division within their secretary of state’s office. The form also gives the wrong phone number for the Secretary of State’s office – the number is actually for the State Board of Elections.

• The form states that after voters mail in their information, they will be notified of their precinct by their local county clerk.

“There’s no county clerk that would do these things,” said Lawson. “It would come from the county board of elections or the elections director, under their signature.”

• The registration form also includes the wrong ZIP code for the State Board of Elections. The ZIP code associated with the board’s post office box is 27611, and the board’s office ZIP code is 27603.

The cat could not be reached for comment.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

18 responses to Conservative Group Mails Incorrect Voter Registration Info To Hundreds Of Residents – And A Cat

  1. Linda1961 September 27th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Silly cons – cats don’t give a d@mn, so won’t bother to vote.

  2. William September 27th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Tea party cat is pleased.

  3. Glen September 27th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Sounds to me like they’ve done up a “standard” voter registration thing, with the idea being that they just need to update certain fields to make it right for the relevant location… and then failed to properly generalise it, so some of the information was for another election, and other information was input without actually understanding what they were doing.

    Still absurd, but less “intentionally confusing” and more “massive failure”.

  4. crc3 September 27th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Proof reading by Sarah Palin…

  5. rg9rts September 27th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Not the brightest bulbs in the box are they?

  6. rg9rts September 27th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Am I the only one to lose MotherJones??

  7. raincheck September 27th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I wonder if the “residents” were mostly Democrats or Republicans, that received them?

  8. arc99 September 27th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I see a trend here and perhaps a revelation. Conservatives and Republicans tell us that government is the problem. When they are in charge, they are probably correct.

    ORCA, Mitt Romney’s high-tech get-out-the-vote program, crashed on Election Day

  9. tiredoftea September 27th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    The suppressing the vote stunts have begun.

    • juicyfruityyy September 27th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      It started during the Primary Candidate selections. In my neck of the woods. All early voters received the wrong registration material. The material was to be resent. They never did it. I went in person; I didn’t trust them.

      • tiredoftea September 27th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Yeah, the right loves democracy so much that they try to keep it all for themselves.

  10. StoneyCurtisll September 27th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I dont know if this misinformation campaign is illegal..
    If it isn’t, it should be.

    • juicyfruityyy September 27th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      It was deliberate. It is illegal. But they are rich; so nothing will happen to them.

  11. juicyfruityyy September 27th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Don’t worry NC. The correct ballots will reach you in time.

  12. StoneyCurtisll September 27th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I remember a few years back..
    The republicans sent out notices to “be sure to vote” to registered Democratic voters..
    They gave the date of the election one day after the day of election…
    Fuggin cheaters~!

    • tracey marie September 27th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Yep, happened in Texas. The teabaggers, the same group sent it to minorities and registered Dems

  13. VALERIE MARTIN September 28th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    They have to
    Lie &
    Cheat &
    just to

    It’z Rally Time Folks!
    WE Vote
    WE WiN!!