Date: Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:46:02
From: Pasco County Supervisor of Elections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tami Bentley
Supervisor of Elections Warns Pasco Voters of Misleading Information from the Voter Participation Center
Pasco County FL - Brian E. Corley, Supervisor of Elections, reports his offices have begun receiving phone calls from confused and angry voters who are receiving voter registration applications in the mail from the Voter Participation Center (VPC). Voters mistakenly believe the mailings are coming from the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections' Office.
"The majority of the phone calls we are receiving are from already registered voters who are questioning what has happened to their voter registration," said Supervisor Corley. "This is very confusing to them, and rightly so. It is creating suspicion, mistrust, and increased anger which further erodes the confidence of voters and unnecessarily places a burden on the elections' office staff which is actively preparing for upcoming elections."
In addition to voters who are already on the voter registration rolls, the elections' office received a phone call from a woman who has been married for 40 years and received an application in her maiden name, a woman who received an application for her sister who has never resided in Florida, and a woman who received an application for her mother who has been deceased since 2012.
For the most accurate information, voters who receive these mailings can check their voter registration status at the Division of Elections website using this link: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/check-your-voter-status-and-polling-place/
or the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections' office website: http://www.pascovotes.com/Voter-Registration/Am-I-Registered . Voters can also call our office at 800-851-8754.
"I am encouraging all voters who receive these notices to check their voter registration status before pushing the panic button, and advising them to contact the VPC directly with their grievances," said Supervisor Corley. "We have dealt with the VPC in the past, and sadly, they continue to cause unnecessary confusion for the voters. It's time they hear from the voters."
Contact Jennifer Carrier of the Voter Participation Center at (202) 420-3034 or toll free at (877) 255-6750.
The Voter Participation Center in 2008, 2012, and 2015 launched voter registration campaigns using erroneous consumer data lists that were outdated. In 2014 their campaign focused on vote-by-mail ballot requests which created confusion for voters who had already requested and sent in their vote-by-mail ballot.
Brian E. Corley
Supervisor of Elections, Pasco County