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Rowan Elections Director warns of individuals giving false voting information


Rowan County's Board of Elections Director has issued a warning about individuals who may be "misinforming" local residents.

"The Rowan County Board of Elections has been notified of several individuals around Salisbury collecting voter registrations," Nancy Evans wrote in an email. "Some of these individuals have identified themselves as being a part of the 'elections'. These are not employees of the Rowan County Board of Elections, nor do they represent the Rowan County Board of Elections. Reports have also been received that these individuals may be misinforming citizens that if they do not register or update their information with them, then there will be a fee. This is not the case."

According to Evans, groups were working to register voters in several locations around Rowan County, including Walmart, the West End Plaza, and the Ketner Center.  In some cases, two workers told voters that if they did not register with them, they would have to pay $10 later.

Registering to vote does not cost anything.

“Our deadline for registering is the 14th, so there may be a lot of groups out there doing a good job getting people to register to vote so we don’t want to hinder them doing their job and getting it to us so they can vote," Evans said.

According to Evans, the two workers were fired by the organization, identified as the Community Voters Project, and Evans says, the director of the organization called an offered his apologies.

“This is the homestretch of an election and we typically tend to see right before the deadline for registration the big push by both sides, but this kind of an approach, in terms of, for lack of a better term, intimidating voters to register is really uncalled for in our civic society," said Dr. Michael Bitzer, Catawba College Political Scientist.

Evans says that anyone with a question about their voter registration status should contact the Board of Elections in the county in which they live to make sure everything is up to date.  In Rowan County, the Board of Elections Office can be reached at 704-216-8140.

If you miss the October 14 voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at an early voting site in your county from October 20 through November 5. With same-day registration, you can fill out a voter registration form, show an identifying document and vote at an early voting site when it is open (not on Election Day).

The identifying document must be one of these:

• a NC driver’s license

• photo ID from a government agency

• student photo ID with a school document showing the student’s address

• or a utility bill, bank statement, payroll stub, or document from any government agency with your name and current address.

The identification requirement for same-day registration is different from the recently overturned photo ID requirement for voting.

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