WJTV News Channel 12 - Voter Report Cards

Voter Report Cards

Posted: Updated:
SALEM, VA -

When Bonnie Philpott was looking through her mail on Friday, she found a big surprise. A letter, labeled voter audit, comparing her voting record with other people in the Salem community.

"I just couldn't believe they were invading peoples privacy like that and sending letters out like that," says Philpott.

The letter suggests she vote in the upcoming election, as a way to improve her voting record. Philpott says the letter was something that made her concerned.

"After I read it to my husband I said, I'm going to call the registrars office, and they told me they'd had other calls on this," says Philpott.

Katherin Elam, a chairman for Salem City's Electoral Board, says these letters are not official.

"That has not been authorized by the State Board of Elections, any of your local boards or general registrars," says Elam.

She says there are two separate groups that are sending out voter report cards or voter audits, but none of the information contained within them has been authorized by the board of elections. Good news, since Philpott's letter ends by saying her voter record will be shared with neighbors after the election.

"Well I thought, that's just going too far," says Philpott. "It's your decision whether you want to vote."

Elam has some advice for Philpott and anyone else who has gotten a voter report card in the mail.

"The letters that you're getting, I would disregard or consider them to be advertisements," says Elam. "We're not sure what kind of effect it will have on our turnout, but obviously its got a lot of people concerned."

With the election just three days away, Philpott can rest assured her voting record will not be shared with any of her neighbors.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • BREAKING NEWS: Police say one person shot on Greenway

    BREAKING NEWS: Police say one person shot on Greenway

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:03:08 GMT
    According to Roanoke City Police a shooting suspect is at large after one person was shot on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. Police say the victim has non-life threatening injuries. The call came in around 8:55.
    According to Roanoke City Police a shooting suspect is at large after one person was shot on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. Police say the victim has non-life threatening injuries. The call came in around 8:55.
  • Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    April 18, 2014 07:19 AM 2014-04-18 12:19:00 GMT
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
  • Virginia Tech Researchers Find The Best Way to Catch Stink Bugs

    Virginia Tech Researchers Find The Best Way to Catch Stink Bugs

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:08:15 GMT
    Virginia Tech researchers in the entomology department have studied several different options for catching stinkbugs in your home and came up with one very simple option that will cost you about seven
    Virginia Tech researchers in the entomology department have studied several different options for catching stinkbugs in your home and came up with one very simple option that will cost you about seven dollars. After two years of studying three different traps the most effective one involved a turkey roasting pan, half gallon of water, and some dish liquid. Tonight more on the tas
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.