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Attorney General Investigating Voter-Registration Web Site

Posted March 24, 2008
Updated March 25, 2008

— A company that claims to take a hassle out of registering to vote is under scrutiny from state officials.

“They (IWantToVote.com) were asking for things like Social Security numbers, which we don't require,” said Gary Bartlett, executive director of the State Board of Elections.

IWantToVote.com offers to help folks register to vote if they provide personal information and pay a fee for postage, technology and material. A credit or debit card number is required for the consumer to receive a completed application that he or she then has to submit.

The state Board of Elections became suspicious of the Web site's motives, along with the potential for identity theft, and asked the state Attorney General's Office to investigate.

“In fact, voter registration is a free process for the voter and they were trying to charge a $10 processing fee,” Bartlett said.

The Web site has ties to Oklahoma, where the Better Business Bureau has received a complaint. A consumer who registered with the Web site said he was charged $16 initially and $10 every month since October.

“I think it hurts. It just makes people more suspicious,” said Bob Hall, executive director of watchdog group Democracy North Carolina.

Hall said he worries that inquiries into voter registration groups, like IWantToVote.com, could hurt agencies like his own. Democracy North Carolina also directs people to registration applications.

“You can just go to the library – any library has them. High schools have them,” he said.

IWantToVote.com considers itself a convenience service and therefore requires a fee. The company's contact information does not include a phone number, and WRAL's e-mails to the Web site were not answered Monday.

IWantToVote.com will allow you to download an application on your own if you choose not to use the service.

The State Board of Elections was alerted to the Web site after a citizen complaint and calls from staffers at the General Assembly.

Registering to vote is free and convenient through a number of state agencies, including any Division of Motor Vehicles driver's license office if people are there on DMV business.

You can also pick up a form at any public library or high school, or you can contact the Board of Elections to get a registration form mailed to you.


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  • Slip Kid Mar 25, 2008

    FragmentFour - than's becaause we are too smart for that (or is it the other end of the scale?).

  • FragmentFour Mar 25, 2008

    I went to visit this rip-off site, and found that you can't register an address in North Carolina. NC is not included on their silly drop-down menu!

  • Slip Kid Mar 25, 2008

    keiott - ditto...

    If not a scam, then it soon will be with coverage like this!

    If you're wise enough to get on the internet, you should be wise enough to know you don't have to pay to register to vote. Any dumber than that, and your right to vote should be denied.

  • PikeMom4real Mar 25, 2008

    Did a bunch of the Floridians move down here!

  • ThinkChick Mar 25, 2008

    I wonder how many dead people were registered without their consent? LOL

  • hkypky Mar 25, 2008

    If you need to register to vote in NC, here is the (English) form:


    More here:


    and here:


  • hkypky Mar 25, 2008

    keiott: No kidding. And speaking of ... the person who wrote this article thought it best to provide numerous links to the website being investigated and not one to State BOE site and to the proper forms.

  • keiott Mar 25, 2008

    If you are dumb enough to register this way, you should not be allowed to vote. All the complaining people do when it comes to the goverment waisting money, then they waiste thier money on something they can get for free!!! You can't vote STUPID!

  • motormonkey Mar 25, 2008

    Turbotax.com offers to help folks do their taxes if they provide personal information and pay a fee.

  • Pat A. Mar 25, 2008

    You do have to give your NC driver's license number, or NC state-issued ID card number. If you don't have either of those, then the last 4 digits of your SS#.