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Complaints about election mass mailings, text messages contine

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North Carolina elections officials say they continue to receive complaints and questions about mass mailings and text messages to voters about the November 8 general election. They want people to know that state and county boards of elections are not sending these and they come from private political groups.

North Carolina elections officials say they continue to receive complaints and questions about mass mailings and text messages to voters about the November 8 general election.

They want people to know that state and county boards of elections are not sending these and they come from private political groups.

Such use the state’s public voter records and perhaps purchase additional private data like phone numbers from a vendor, and then reach out to voters to encourage them to vote. But officials say sometimes their information is incorrect or outdated.

For example, a text message may claim that you haven’t voted when, in fact, you voted a day before receiving the text.

Executive director of the State Board of Elections Karen Brinson Bell says while these communications can be annoying and confusing, the purpose of most of them is to encourage voters to exercise their right to vote and elections officials share that goal.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.