Decision 2012

Jun 22, 2012 6:53 PM

Voter registration forms not all from Recorder's Office

TUCSON - The Pima County Recorder's Office reports receiving a number of phone calls from people concerned about mailers containing pre-printed voter registration forms that include the individual's name and address and a request to mail the completed form to the Recorder's Office in order to register to vote.

The Recorder's Office tells News4 Tucson: "a number of these forms are addressed to people who are already registered to vote. Some of the pre-printed names are incorrect. In at least one case, the form was addressed to and pre-filled in with the name of the family's dog."

Recorder's officials confirm two different organizations are mailing the forms, the League of Conservation Voters and the Voter Participation Center, and they insist neither group obtained any personal data from the Recorder's Office or contacted the Recorder's Office in advance of the mailing. That said, there is no indication of any attempt to create false voter registration records and both organizations used legitimate databases to complete the forms.

The mailings are not illegal. Both state and federal law permit any organization to conduct voter registration drive.

"If you are already registered to vote at your current address, you are not required to register again unless you change your name, address or want to change your political party affiliation," said Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez in a statement released Friday afternoon.

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