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Board of Elections warns of fake mailings

A 24-hour ballot drop box is at 200 Vanover St., Wooster. Visit waynecountyoh.gov for information with instructions about absentee ballots.  The Board of Elections does not mail unsolicited applications for absentee forms to voters. (Photo obtained from www.waynecountyoh.gov.)

DGKN staff report

The Wayne County Board of Elections has received calls from a number of residents saying they have received letters in the mail that appear to be from the Wayne County BOE and include an application for absentee ballot form, according to a news release.

According to Wayne County BOE Director Julie Leathers Stahl, the mailings were not sent from the BOE. By law, the BOE cannot mail unsolicited applications for absentee forms to voters.

“A person has to initiate that action,” Stahl said. “They need to make the request before we are able to send form to them.”

Stahl said that according to callers, the letters appear to be a copy of an earlier press release and a blank Absentee Ballot Application arriving in an envelope without a return address.

Due in the mail today, is a postcard from Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and Stahl warns voters not to be confused with the two communications.

Information regarding the postcard can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/sfdqugu

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