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RestoreNC petition renews attention on AFP mailer

A petition is calling for the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity to comply with the investigation into its voter registration mailer.

The State Board of Elections opened the investigation in September. Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative group with a chapter in Raleigh, sent a voter registration item to N.C. residents that was rife with errors, including when and where people can register to vote.

“Our specific demands are where they got the list, who crafted the mailer, when they realized there were errors and what demographics they were targeting,” said Blake Mizelle, who works with RestoreNC, a group that fights voter suppression.

The N.C. Democratic Party filed a complaint to the State Board of Elections in September. The investigation is ongoing, said Joshua Lawson, public information officer for the State Board of Elections.

Voter registration information with intentionally misleading information can be a felony if it is proven to suppress the vote, Lawson said in an earlier interview.

“While Americans for Prosperity Foundation is fully aware of the incorrect information provided on its North Carolina mailer, the errors were inadvertent,” said AFP lawyer Roger W. Knight in an Oct. 7 letter to the SBOE executive director.

Mizelle said the petition will be delivered as a paper chain – one chain for each signature.

About dozen people will deliver the petition at 6:15 p.m. to the state AFP headquarters at 200 W. Morgan St. in Raleigh.