Executive Director’s Message
The election is right around the corner and election fraud has become a concern for some of our older citizens. While there are legitimate voter registration drives, there are some who may be committing elections code violations using the California Vote-By-Mail Application. Here is what to look out for:
THE PROBLEM: An absentee ballot allows you to vote by mail.
You receive a pleasant visit at your apartment complex or home from someone who offers to fill in a Vote-By-Mail application for you. This nice person offers some money or a little gift in return. You agree, thinking there is no harm in it, and give them your information.
WHAT TO DO: Be cautious!
Make sure all of the form is filled in correctly, otherwise the person offering to register you may:
Convince you to register even though you know you are not eligible. This is a form of fraud and is against the law! Registering to vote or registering another person, knowing you or that person is not entitled to register is a crime. CA Elections Code Section 18100; Penal Code Section 1170(h)
Choose a new political party preference for you. This is a form of fraud and is against the law! When someone changes your political party without your permission, they have committed a crime. CA Elections Code Section 18100; Penal Code Section 1170(h)
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT:
The ballot contains the names of candidates and proposed initiatives and is for you to consider and then make your choices.
Never let anyone you do not know and trust fill in your ballot for you!
If you have questions or concerns, contact your county elections office:
San Diego County (858) 565-5800
Imperial County (442) 265-1060