Broward voters receive fake elections letter

Published On: Oct 29 2012 05:25:29 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 30 2012 06:44:00 AM EDT

At least four voters in Broward County have received fake letters questioning their eligibility to vote.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

At least four voters in Broward County have received fake letters questioning their eligibility to vote.

When Warren Rose opened up his mail a few days ago, his jaw dropped.

"For some reason, the Board of Elections had a question about my citizenship and my eligibility to vote," Rosen told Local 10's Terrell Forney.

Rosen, a Sunrise resident who was born in the U.S., was baffled. He had voted problem free for the past 40 years.

But even though the letter appeared to be from the Broward County Supervisor of Election's Office and had Supervisor Brenda Snipes' name on it, something didn't feel right to Rosen. The envelope was postmarked in Seattle and there was no signature under Snipes' name.

Envelope

"It looked pretty official, the letter. The letter looked good," said Rosen. "'You almost believed it?' Well, almost I'd say. I wasn't about to fill it out and send it back."

"I really think that it's brazen behavior and you really wonder what kind of person can feel so comfortable in putting things like this together and putting them out in the public," said Snipes. "I realize I am a public figure. At least they didn't use my signature."

At least four of these letters, citing Florida statutes on authentic looking letterhead, have been mailed to voters in Broward County.

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The letters ask recipients to fill out a "voter eligibility form" to include your social security number. It's unclear if the letters are part of an identity theft scam or an attempt to prevent voters from going to the polls.

"If it looks suspicious to our voters, I want them to take the action of contacting our office," said Snipes.

"I hope they catch them. A lot of people have died so we can have free elections and here someone is trying to take advantage of it and make an easy buck," said Rosen.

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