“Approximately half a million applications sent to eligible voters in Virginia included incorrect information, and we are working diligently to address the issues,” the Center for Voter Information, a nonprofit organization, said after it apologized for sending out mailers with pre-filled absentee ballots in them.
Roughly 500,000 inaccurate applications for absentee ballots were mailed out throughout Virginia — including to dead voters and a pet –showing yet another example of the lack of voting integrity in the U.S.
The center said it sent the mailings to “eligible voters” in the state, primarily impacting Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Franklin City, Franklin County, Richmond City, Richmond County, Roanoke City and Roanoke County.
“Approximately half a million applications sent to eligible voters in Virginia included incorrect information, and we are working diligently to address the issues. Mistakes in our programming are very rare, but we take them seriously, and our methods overall are extraordinarily effective,” the center said in a statement.
“We know that voters are on high alert as the November election approaches, and we regret adding to any confusion. Please rest assured that we are working with local election officials in Virginia to re-direct the vote-by-mail applications to the proper locations, and will rectify any errors at our own expense,” the group said.
Jonathan Shapiro, president and CEO of Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Company, the printing vendors for the Center for Voter Information, said the printing mistake “occurred because we incorrectly aligned a spreadsheet that matched the voter with their local election office,” according to Just the News.
The League of Women Voters said some of their members received mailings with incorrect names printed on the ballot applications inside.
“One person stated that a dead person received one and a pet received one,” said Deb Wake, president of the League of Women Voters in Virginia, WTOP News reported.
Another local news station reported that mailings were sent to “people who were deceased or ineligible to vote.”
The Virginia Department of Elections published a statement on its website about the mailings, encouraging registered voters to submit absentee ballot requests directly online:
“The Virginia Department of Elections has no affiliation with this group nor coordinates with any third party groups on campaign efforts. We are aware that voters in multiple localities that received an absentee ballot application were given pre-paid return envelopes addressed to the incorrect registrar’s office.
“The Virginia Department of Elections encourages all voters that would like to receive an absentee ballot for the November election to apply electronically on our website www.elections.virginia.gov/voterinformation. Any applications that arrive in the wrong locality’s office will be forwarded immediately to the correct office for processing. If you have already applied for an absentee ballot, you do not need to submit a new application. The first day that absentee ballots will be mailed is September 18, 2020.”
Last month, in Georgia, an Atlanta family said it received a voter registration form for their cat, Cody Tims, which had been dead for 12 years.
“There’s a huge push but if they’re trying to register cats, I’m not sure who else they’re trying to register,” Cody’s owner, Carol Tims, told Fox5 Atlanta. “I’m not sure if they’re trying to register dogs, mice, snakes.”
Cody is described as a “great cat, indoor and outdoor” who “loved his family, loved his neighborhood” and lived to be 18 years-old.
Like Virginia, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office did not send out the form–a third-party group did.
“Third-party groups all over the country are targeting Georgia to help register qualified individuals,” it said in a statement. “This group makes you wonder what these out-of-town activists are really doing. Make no mistake about it, this office is dedicated to investigating all types of fraud.”