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Election officials warn voters about misleading information


Eau Claire (WQOW)- Voters are being told to look closely at their mail. 

The Government Accountability Board says more complaints are coming in about mail that gives misleading or the wrong information about voter registration or absentee voting. 

Over the next few weeks, expect to see more mail about the election.

"Different organizations throughout the state have sent out information encouraging voters to make sure they have registered," says Donna Austad, Eau Claire City Clerk.

Concerns are raised when the information isn't accurate. For example: some voters say they've received an application for an absentee ballot with a return label for the wrong municipal clerk's office.

"I myself at home received, it was an application for an absentee ballot. The application was correct; it was the state form however it said I should return it to the Town of Washington," says Austad.

"Some of the stuff that comes out is obviously slanted towards a certain position or a party or what not and they'll indicate where you are to vote and who the candidates are while at the same time strongly indicate which one you are to vote for," says Don Frank, from Eau Claire.

Donna Austad says often times these mailings come from third party organizations.

"As far as the error rate, yeah I'm sure that happens at all the elections, groups sending out the literature, you definitely see more of this at a presidential election. There are many more people involved, many more organizations involved in this type of election," says Austad.

The state recommends voters rely on information from their local city clerk's office. In-person early voting begins October 22, 2012.

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