Some W.Va. Voters Confused by Mail; Secretary of State Says 'Misleading'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Secretary of State is making voters aware of mail that could be confusing and mislead them to think they can't vote in the upcoming elections.

The mail comes from a group known as Americans for Prosperity West Virginia.

Representatives from the group said they're just trying to help more people vote.

But county clerks we spoke to said they're worried it will do more harm than good.

The mail encourage voters to update their information before the deadline, which was April 22 in West Virginia.

They include a voter registration card and information about where to send it.

Several county clerks said they've had complaints.

They said these forms and letters could confuse people into thinking they can't vote because something may be out of date and that could hurt voter turnout.

"The way it's stated, it just kind of insinuates that if they don't update their status by yesterday, by the registration deadline, that they were not eligible to vote in the upcoming primary," said Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole.

"We gave them the deadline because in West Virginia, through the election laws you do have to be registered by a certain date to vote in our upcoming primary election," said Wendy McCuskey with Americans for Prosperity West Virginia.

The group said they found the names and addresses of people through consumer data and public records.

They also said they don't endorse parties or candidates.

The Cabell County Clerk said her office will always send mail in an official envelope with any notice on official letterhead.

The county clerk also said, even if your address is out of date in West Virginia, you can still vote and change it through Election Day.

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