Yesterday I posted about my adventures in voter registration at the grocery store with “completely non-partisan” voter drive groups. In case you missed it, here’s the video I shot:
This turn of events left me wondering just how some random group or person can set up a folding card table at a grocery store and register people to vote. So I hit the NC State Board of Elections site in search of answers. I did not like what I found.
First of all, anyone who wants to (and I do mean anyone) can get a box of 1,000 voter registration forms mailed to them simply by filling out the order form. By the way, the form actually says, “Forms come in boxes of 1000, so please round off your request to the nearest 1000.”
Second, there is no tracking of what becomes of these forms – filled in or unused. You can view the registration form here. Note: you must have a driver’s license number or Social Security number (last 4 digits only) to complete the form.
This screenshot is taken from the Voter Registration Drives: A Citizen’s Guide.
If you’re having a hard time making out the text highlighted in Blue, it says this:
“We do not require unused forms to be returned. However, these forms are printed at a cost to the state.”
Right below that the paragraph reads:
“If you do not have a large number of forms that you do not plan to use, please return them to your local county board of elections office or to the State Board of Elections.”
There appear to be no checks and balances in place for these free-for-all voter drives whatsoever and our tax dollars are paying for these forms to be printed up. They don’t require unused ones to be returned? That’s not only a waste of tax payer funds, that is inviting fraud and abuse. Given that anyone can run a voter drive, who is to say they don’t just chuck the forms returned to them of the party affiliation they disagree with?
I’m rather disturbed at the incredibly slack and irresponsible manner with which NC seems to treat Voter Registration. To the reader: Have you checked the voter registration process out in your state?