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Voting application mailers cause concern among residents

Local voter registrars want the public to know that they do not send out voter registration applications to residents who haven’t requested them.

Registrars across the state are getting calls from concerned voters who are receiving unsolicited mailers implying they are not registered to vote, said Mathews Voter Registrar Carla Faulkner. She said it appears that many of those mailers are being sent to deceased people.

While she has not received any complaints about such a mailer thus far, said Faulkner, “I want to make sure that our citizens understand that we are not sending these out, and if someone tries to apply under a deceased name, our system will not allow it.”

There are two flyers in the mailer. One states in bold red print that “State records indicate you may not be registered to vote.” It suggests that the recipient use an application that’s enclosed or else register online. It imparts a sense of urgency, saying in all capitals, “Hurry, the deadline to vote is Octob...

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