If you’ve received an “official looking” letter from the “Voter Participation Center” informing you that you are not registered to vote, you are not alone. Washoe County’s Voter Registrar Luanne Cutler said letters from this group surface around the time of General Elections, particularly in Presidential election years. But she said, “It is of great concern to us because it alarms voters who think maybe someone stole their identity or we are not doing our jobs.” A website for the “Voter Participation Center” describes the organization as non-partisan and not for profit. CLICK HERE to learn more about the VPC. The organization is a voter registration advocacy group. The letters encourage you to fill out their voter registration form and the envelope provided goes to the Secretary of State’s Office.
The problem is the letters can contain inaccurate or dated information. Cutler said, “Some people are astonished when they receive the letter because they have voted in several elections without a problem. We can sometimes get these forms back with a voter writing on top ‘deceased for 5 years,’ or ‘address changed years ago.” She added, “They think we have not done our job and didn’t update their address or information when they asked us to do so.”
The mailer has a Carson City return address but when we dropped by to talk with someone, the address turned out to be a UPS store so the address was a P.O. Box.