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For Immediate Release

Registrar Warns of Fraudulent Voter Registration Schemes

July 19, 2016
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Chesterfield County General Registrar and Director of Elections Larry Haake issued a warning to citizens to be alert for fraudulent voter registration schemes. These schemes are particularly prevalent in presidential years and are usually promulgated by individuals with ulterior motives who present themselves as part of a voter registration drive.

One of the most used cons is that of registering a fictitious name at a legitimate address. “We have already identified this happening this summer in Chesterfield County,” said Haake. “If citizens receive a voter card in the mail with an unfamiliar name, please notify the registrar’s office – don’t just throw it away.”

Another frequent effort that has occurred in the past at voter registration drive sites involves a seemingly innocent conversation about the candidates and who one might vote for. If a citizen indicates a preference for the candidate-not-of-choice for that particular organization or individual, then any voter registration application that citizen completes will be discarded, never making it to the voter rolls.

These behaviors are illegal, but difficult to prosecute. Haake, a former police investigator, says he is working on some ways by which perpetrators might be identified and arrested, which is why it is so important for citizens to notify the Registrar’s Office upon receipt of a suspicious voter card.

“Citizens needing to register to vote should take advantage of the availability of convenient and safe ways to register to vote such as online through the Department of Elections, at DMV offices, or at one of the133 full-time registrar offices, rather than giving their most sensitive personal information to an unknown person sitting at a table with a voter registration sign”, Haake elaborated. “At least take the form and mail it in yourself or drop it off at any DMV or registrar’s office.”

The Chesterfield County General Registrar’s Office may be contacted at 804- 748-1471 or registrar@chesterfield.gov.



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