A voter registration mailer sent out in recent weeks has caused confusion among some Craven County residents.
Meloni Wray, Craven County director of elections, said the county Board of Elections office has received phone calls about a mailer from an organization called The Voter Participation Center. She said the mailer leads anyone who receives it to believe they are not registered to vote.
Wray said that although the mailers, which include registration forms, appear to be part of a legitimate voter registration drive, the wording used can be misleading.
“The mailer says public records show that a voter at this address is not registered,” Wray. explained. “It’s confusing a lot of people who are already registered because they think it’s coming from their local elections board and it’s not.”
Wray said this is not the first time the Board of Elections has received calls about misleading mailers.
“We saw a lot of this during the presidential election,” said Wray. “They’re just doing a blanket mailing from public records, just picking random names. If they bothered to check the voter rolls they could see that many of these people are already registered to vote and some of them are actually deceased.”
According to the organization’s website, www.voterparticipation.org, The Voter Participation Center’s mission is to “mobilize the rising American electorate —unmarried women, people of color, and millennials—who are now the majority of eligible voters.”
The website includes an option for residents to remove their names from the group’s mailing list.
Wray stressed that the mailer appears to be part of a legitimate voter drive, and is not a scam.
“But it does cast a negative light on our county board when people think we’re sending this stuff out.” she commented..
Residents who are registered to vote should simply discard the mailer, Wray explained. Anyone wishing to verify their registration status can call the Board of Elections at 252-636-6610 or verify online at www.cravenvote.com or at the NC State Board of Elections website at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.
“If you are not registered, you may use the form that was provided (with the mailer) or we prefer you use the NC voter registration form found on our website or the NC State Board of Elections website,” said Wray.
Wray asked that residents call 1-877-255-6750 to voice their complaints or concerns with the mailer.