RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement announced late Friday it is investigating potential voter registration fraud in three counties in the state -- including Pitt County.
The agency said it has received several reports from Pitt, New Hanover and Robeson counties that individuals are being told they must re-register to cast a ballot in November. The SBEEE said voters who are already registered do not have to re-register unless they have moved, or wish to change their name or party affiliation.
The misinformation has been given out at a variety of voter registration drives, according to the SBEEE.
The SBEEE has also received reports that individuals have misrepresented themselves as county or state elections workers. The board has also investigated reports of falsified registration documents delivered to county boards of elections officers in recent months.
“Voters should check their registrations online,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. “There is no reason to submit a new form unless the information is outdated.”
“The State Board will investigate all credible allegations of voter registration fraud by individuals or organizations,” Strach continued. “When workers involved in voter drives falsify or alter information on registration forms, it can cause problems for innocent voters at the polls.”
It is unlawful in North Carolina to pay voter drive participants on a per-form basis. It is a Class I felony to falsify a voter registration form and a Class 2 misdemeanor to retain a copy of a registrant’s confidential information, such as date of birth or driver license number.
The State Board encourages voters to consider the following tips:
1)Check your voter registration status through the State Board’s “Voter Search” tool here: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.
2)If you are not registered or need to update your registration, applications are available on the State Board website and at all county boards of elections offices.
3)Always ask voter registration workers to verify their identities and their organizations before providing any information. If an individual refuses to comply, do not provide any information and call the State Board office immediately at (919) 814-0700 and ask for the Investigations Division.
4)If you fill out a registration form as part of a registration drive, you may personally return the form to your county board of elections, either in person or by mail. You do not have to give the form back to the voter drive worker.
5)County and state elections officials do not go door-to-door. If a person claims to be a state or county elections worker, ask them for identification, take down their name and contact the State Board office immediately at 919-814-0700.