North Carolina’s ABC affiliate reports on hundreds of thousands of mailers with false information about voter registration sent by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers. The official-looking mailers gave the wrong deadline for voter registration and told people to sign up with the wrong state agency. The mailers also gave the wrong office for questions regarding voter registration, the wrong zip code for turning in a voter registration form, and inaccurate information about how people would be notified of their precinct. The Raleigh News-Observer has more.
AFP Deputy Director Donald Bryson said, “It was a mistake. We’re not going to make any bones about it.” He said the group had not paid enough attention to detail. “We’re really sorry that mistakes that like did happen,” he said, adding that they would send out corrections.
Local boards of elections reported being inundated with calls from confused voters. Hundreds of complaints have been made to the state board of elections. Among those: North Carolina Democratic Party Director Casey Mann filed a complaint with the state board today asking for an investigation. The complaint alleges that the false information distributed by AFP was intended to confuse voters and discourage voting and could be subject to a felony.
AFP, which is “committed to educating citizens,” has an affiliate here in Arkansas, so residents in the state may want to fact-check educational materials they receive in the mail.