Lake County Supervisor of Elections: Beware of unofficial vote by mail ballots

Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hayes is warning residents to steer clear of phony requests to receive vote-by-mail ballots.

The unofficial ballots will come from a third-party organization called "Center for Voter Information (CVI)," Hayes said, and they could arrive anywhere from July 18 up to September. 

Official requests of vote-by-mail ballots were sent out two weeks ago by Lake County Supervisor of Elections to residents who haven't previously voted by mail. 

Hayes said residents who want to request a vote-by-mail ballot should use the Voter Information Lookup Tool

Vote-by-mail request forms are also available at area libraries and at the elections office. The deadline to request a mail ballot for the Primary Election is August 8.

CVI reached out to FOX 35 News and said it is a legitimate organization and has helped millions of people, including Floridians, register to vote.

In a news release, a spokeswoman said, "The Voter Participation Center (VPC) and its partner group, the Center for Voter Information (CVI), are mailing 3,061,009 voter registration applications to people in Florida this month as part of their largest-ever campaign to register voters ahead of the historic 2020 election."

The spokeswoman said VPC and CVI mail registration applications to unregistered individuals, along with pre-addressed envelopes to make it easy to send completed forms directly to local election officials.

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