CT Secretary of State Merrill Warns of Phone Voter Registration Scam

Secretary of State Denise Merrill. Photo: Leslie Yager

After a number of national reports of suspicious phone calls, supposedly to register voters over the phone and arrange for absentee ballots, Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill issued a warning to voters.

The calls claim to be from a reputable voter registration organization, TurboVote, but the organization has confirmed that the calls are not from them.

“It is critical that voters are aware of this potential scam and do not give out any personal information over the phone,” Merrill said. “We would like every eligible Connecticut resident to register to vote, but that will never take place over the phone.”

Voters should not share their personal information over the phone.

Go to//myvote.ct.gov/register, or your local town hall, to register to vote.

Anyone receiving one of these calls should hang up and the report the call to the Secretary of State’s office. Contact Taffy Womack at (860) 509-6117 or email Taffy.Womack@ct.gov.

The callers are offering to register residents over the phone, and in some cases, to send the voter an absentee ballot.

In Connecticut, residents cannot register to vote by phone, and to get an absentee ballot a voter has to request an absentee ballot application from their Town Clerk and return it with an actual signature.

Reputable voter registration drives will never take place over the phone.

Potential voters can register at //myvote.ct.gov/register and can check their registrations at//myvote.ct.gov/lookup