CHARLESTON - As the deadline to register to vote nears, several organizations are busy working to ensure as many people as possible will be able to take part in the upcoming election. However, it is also an opportune time for scams leading to identity theft.
Mississippi County Clerk Junior Delay said his office has received information about a voter scam taking place not only in Missouri but across the United States. Voters are apparently getting calls requesting personal information because of problems with their voter registration.
"Voters should not offer personal information to anyone over the telephone," said Delay.
Should a voter receive a phone call requesting information pertaining to voter registration, Delay recommended the voter indicate they will return the call and get a phone number. The voter should then call the county clerk to verify if the call is legitimate.
Another scam taking place is a person making calls claiming to work in the voter registration office or for the League of Women Voters, requesting personal information such as a Social Security number or date of birth, said Delay in a new release. Sometimes the caller will state the person is no longer registered to vote but can reregister over the phone.
Again, the county clerk cautioned, personal information should not be given out over the phone. Instead the voter should call the county clerk's office to verify the legitimacy of the call.
Anyone with questions about their status as a registered voter in Mississippi County should call Delay's office at 683-2146, extension 223. Those with questions in New Madrid County can call County Clerk Clement Craven's office at 748-2524 or 1-800-738-8683. In Scott County, County Clerk Rita Milam can be reached at 545-3549.
The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 6.
Delay said in Mississippi County voters can register at the county clerk's office in the courthouse, all city halls in the county, the Division of Family Services and the Missouri Department of Revenue's License Bureau while students can register at their respective high schools.