Voter scam: Response to complaints from voters

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County elections officials and the California Secretary of State’s office have received more than 100 complaints from voters who have received letters from a group called the Voter Participation Center.

The organization’s letters claim that the voter is not registered to vote and offers a pre-filled voter registration form with incorrect or outdated information, or information for persons who don’t live at the address. In many instances, the voter is, in fact, properly registered to vote, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

It is important that organizations conducting voter registration drives through the mail ensure that their voter data is up-to-date and accurate. Causing confusion right before an election is wrong, he said.

“If you have questions about your voter registration status, check directly with your county elections office,” Padilla said.

“Many counties have online tools that allow voters to verify their voter registration information. Also, contact information for county elections officials and links to county online voter registration status tools is available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/.”

New voters or persons who want to update their voter registration information may visit the Secretary of State’s official voter registration website at http://registertovote.ca.gov/. If you need to update your voter registration information, the deadline is Monday, Oct. 24.

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