Henry County officials urge residents to be wary of third-party mailings during election season

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – With the political season in full force ahead of November’s elections, potential voters should remain cautious when responding to third-party mailings that claim to ensure one’s registration status.

That’s the warning from officials in Henry County.

Henry County Registrar Dawn Stultz-Vaughan says her office has recently received complaints from community members regarding mailings which were sent out to families of deceased residents with voter applications enclosed.

“I want to make it clear that these third party mailings are not from the Henry County Registrar’s office. We don’t do campaigns to sign up new voters, we just process the applications as they come in. We are not behind these mailings so voters should remain hyper-vigilant to protect themselves from potential fraud or scams.”

Dawn Stultz-Vaughan, Henry County Registrar

She says that any mail sent from the Registrar’s office will have the words, “Official Voting Information” marked on the envelope.

Many of the mailings that are being sent have verbiage mentioning not to “miss the chance to have your vote COUNT,” or something of the sort.

These mailing also tend to have politically charged advertisements which is also not the practice of local election officials.

“We remain neutral,” Stultz-Vaughan said. “If you receive mail that is critical or supportive of one political
party over the other, I can assure you that it was not sent by our office. Any inserts or language like that
should be a clue to the voter that the mail was sent from a third-party instead.”

She also says that, as a general rule, if you have voted in the last eight years, you are typically still registered to vote.

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