Helping Assure Your Right to Vote
The Pilot’s article “Elections Officials Warn of Scams” (Aug. 10) warned people about a man who may have been “posing as a board of elections official” to obtain personal information. According to the article, a woman called the Moore County Board of Elections to complain about such an individual, whereupon BOE Director Glenda Clendenin said, “I told her we were not doing a drive at that time.”
We at the NAACP encourage everyone to exercise due caution whenever a stranger knocks on your door. But while the Moore County Board of Elections does not have a voter registration drive under way, we at the NAACP are engaged in voter registration drives in Moore County, across the state and across the country.
Voter registration drives have been a major part of our mission since our inception in 1909. They are indispensable in assuring that minority, working class and middle class people have a voice in our democracy.
Our people are trained to identify themselves as volunteers with the Moore County NAACP, and we wear badges or shirts with NAACP clearly visible. We encourage them to to take the completed forms with them so that they can be taken promptly to the BOE office in Carthage, and to avoid voters procrastinating or misplacing the forms.
While we focus primarily on minority, working class and middle class voters, you should know that voter registration is by law nonpartisan, and we are required to accept the registration of any qualified voter. We do so happily.
So by all means, be cautious with your personal information. But also know that voter registration drives by various organizations are not uncommon at this point in an election cycle, and that they depend upon volunteers who care enough to give their free time to assure your right to vote.
O’Linda W. Gillis
President, NAACP of Moore County
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