Complaints about election mass mailings, text messages contine
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 But officials say sometimes their information is incorrect or outdated.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.