10/3/08

Voter-fraud advisory issued in West Virginia

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West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland recently issued a release to address concerns about voter fraud in the state.

"My office takes the matter of election fraud very seriously, and every precaution is being taken to make sure no voter is disenfranchised by this activity," Ireland said.

It has been discovered that "several hundred" voter applications have been filed with forged signatures, wrong addresses or changed party affiliation. Ireland's release stated some submitted registration forms contained names and addresses "that have simply been lifted from the phone book."

Ireland said cases of voter registration fraud have cropped up in Kanawha County. The U.S. Attorney's Office of Southern West Virginia, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service are investigating the issue statewide, along with other agencies.

Ireland released a list of precautions citizens should take to avoid becoming a victim of voter fraud.

* If you are approached by a group or individual asking you to register to vote, keep in mind that if you have already registered, you don't need to register again.
* If you register to vote using a form from a third party, fill out and sign the form yourself. Don't allow someone else to sign your name on the form.
* Do not give out your voter registration information over the phone.
* If you receive notice from your county clerk that your registration status has changed, call the county clerk's office immediately and let them know the change was not made by you.
* If you are voting for the first time, and haven't verified your name and address with your county clerk, state law requires that you do so at the polls.

(herald-dispatch.com)

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