Letter to the Editor: Secretary of State Padilla’s Statement on Letters from Voter Participation Center

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letter to the editor 612x674Imperial County elections officials and the office of the California Secretary of State have received over 100 complaints from voters who have received letters from a group called the Voter Participation Center. The organization’s letters claim that the voter is not registered to vote and offers a pre-filled voter registration form that has incorrect or outdated information or information for persons who don’t live at the address. In many instances, the voter is in fact properly registered to vote.

It is important that organizations conducting voter registration drives through the mail ensure that their voter data is up-to-date and accurate. Causing confusion right before an election is wrong.

“If you have questions about your voter registration status, check directly with your county elections office,” Secretary of State Padilla said. “Many counties have online tools that allow voters to verify their voter registration information. Also, contact information for county elections officials and links to county online voter registration status tools is available on the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/.”

New voters or persons who want to update their voter registration information can visit the Secretary of State’s official voter registration website: http://registertovote.ca.gov/. If you need to update your voter registration information, the deadline is October 24.

Sincerely,
Susan A. Bonilla
Assemblymember, 14th District