The Alabama Secretary of State’s office said today it has learned that some voters are receiving erroneous messages telling them that they are not registered to vote when, in fact, they are registered. Two organizations that are contacting voters said they are not sending erroneous message. Secretary of State John Merrill’s office sent out a press release about the erroneous messages today. Some erroneous messages are coming from people who claim to be members of the NAACP and of Open Progress, the secretary of state’s office said.
The Alabama NAACP said in a press release today that it used a database from the Voter Action Network System to notify voters that it believed were not registered.
Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama NAACP, said the organization apologized if registered voters were contacted, but said the effort was intended to remind voters to make sure they are registered.