[LIBS-OR] SCAM ALERT: Voter Registration
cindyg at multcolib.org
Thu Sep 16 15:53:15 PDT 2004
We heard from them at Multnomah County Library today, too. After
verifying by calling their 800 number that they were seeking to hire
staff for a particular political party, we told them that they could not
have voter registration tables inside our libraries, but that they could
use the spaces outside our buildings that we designate for political
petitioners. In their letter they refer to their work as "Project
America Votes!", which may or may not be enough different from America
Votes to keep them out of hot water. We will be reporting them to the
Secretary of State, too.
From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
[mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Meghan
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 3:29 PM
To: libs-or at webhost.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [LIBS-OR] SCAM ALERT: Voter Registration
Recently the Jackson County Library has been contacted by persons
purporting to represent America Votes. Our director was contacted by a
Harry Miller and asked to call an 800 number to give permission for
America Votes to conduct a non-partisan voter registration project in
our libraries. I received a letter from Sproul and Associates,a
consulting firm in Arizona,also saying they represented America Votes,
with the same request. I contacted the Kevin Looper, the Oregon State
Coordinator for America Votes, to verify the information and received
this reply from him:
"Here is what I know: We do not have a Harry Miller in our employ.
organization is absolutely not representing America Votes, and my
leadership is initiating action to get them to cease and desist
infringe upon our rights and mislead voters.
Further, Sproul and Associates is a partisan political consulting firm
in Arizona that works for very conservative causes and has worked to
campaign finance reform. Their use of our name to cover their political
leanings makes me question the overall intregrity of the voter
registation that they seek
to conduct. I will be forwarding this information to the Secretary of
State's office for further investigation."
Headquarters Library Manager
Jackson County Library Services
205 South Central Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
oflahemc at jacksoncounty.org
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