FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Hannah Majewski, (803) 734-9070
Date: September 24, 2004
Columbia, SC: The State Election Commission has received information of a person(s) or organization posing as an official from the local voter registration office or as a member of the League of Women Voters who are calling voters and asking them to reveal their social security number and other personal information. The caller is telling voters that they are no longer registered to vote but may register or re-register over the telephone.
Voters who received such calls became suspicious of this activity and contacted the State and county election commissions with their complaints. “Registering to vote over the telephone is not an option in South Carolina,” said Marci Andino, executive director, State Election Commission. “Voters can register in person, by mail, or through a government agency,” she said.
Andino stressed that voters should be cautious on anyone soliciting personal information to help potential voters register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot. “Neither the county election commissions nor the League of Women Voters is involved in contacting voters to verify personal information,” Andino said.
Anyone receiving such calls should not give out any personal information and should report any such incidences to their local law enforcement agency.