The State Board of Elections wants details on how Americans for Prosperity got so much wrong in the voter mailer that triggered thousands of complaints.
AFP, a conservative group founded by the Koch brothers, mailed thousands of voter applications that included incorrect information on where to send them, an incorrect voter registration deadline, and inaccurate information about getting answers to questions.
The elections board requested the information after the N.C. Democratic Party filed a complaint about the mailers with the board on Monday alleging voter suppression.
As part of its investigation, the elections board executive director asked AFP’s general counsel for information on how the content was crafted and who did it, how many pieces were sent, the “demographic selection criteria” for recipients, and names of individuals or vendors used to produce the mailing list.
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AFP was also asked when it first found out that the mailer had an incorrect registration deadline, where AFP has distributed similar material in the last six months, and any remedial steps the group has taken to address issues raised in the complaint.
The mailer is notable not only for its multiple inaccuracies, but also for being addressed to people who live in other counties or states, to people not eligible to vote, and to deceased people.
The elections board spokesman last week described AFP’s mailing list as a “very, very poor list.”
Jenifer Odom received a mailer addressed to her daughter, who would be 4 1/2, but died two years ago.
That was disturbing. Then she got two more.
She wants to know how her deceased child ended up on AFP’s voter registration list. The family is checking to see if her identity was stolen.
“No parent should have to go through the nightmare of losing a child,” she said. “This, though, just adds insult to injury.”