LEON COUNTY, Fla. — The next time you check the mail you could find a voter registration letter for your pet. It's happening to families in Leon County.
The next time you open your mailbox, you may be surprised to get a voter registration letter for your pet, especially if you know you are already registered to vote. But the Leon County supervisor of elections says "don't fret."
"I don't think people need to be concerned, I think again it's the question of authenticity of the data source and trust of the voting process," said Chris Moore, Deputy Supervisor of Elections.
Still, to some it is concerning knowing that a third-party, not affiliated with the Supervisor of Elections Office, has your home address but Leon County election officials say third parties, like Voter Participation Center or Center for Voter Information, are trying to increase voter turnouts.
"We would like to think that wants to help people get registered to vote but at the end of the day, the data of quality isn't what we'd like to see and we don't end up with a lot of new registrations for these efforts," said Moore. "They do this every year about this time every year."
So what should you do if you get one of these letters? If you are not registered to vote, Moore says you can fill out the registration and mail it or bring it to the Supervisor of Elections Office.
"Go ahead and mail it in and we will process the form and if there is an update to your address, we will process just the address update and the rest of the data will stay the same if there is no change," said Moore.
You can also register online at leonvotes.org.
These business typically get names and addresses from subscription information.
If you'd like to be removed from future mailings, contact the organizations directly, which are listed below:
- Voter Participation Center: 202-659-9570
- Center for Voter Information: 202-766-6575