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Election officials say voter registration texts may be scam

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RALEIGH — The state Board of Elections is investigating a possible scam targeting North Carolinians with unsolicited text messages regarding their voter registration status or asking them to register to vote.

Recipients of the text messages should not click on the link embedded in the text and delete the texts, the state board said.

The link sends recipients to what claims to be vote.org’s website, but vote.org officials confirmed Thursday that they are not sending the text messages. The state board is investigating and will alert state and federal authorities about the issue.

“We know these texts can be confusing to voters, and we take this situation very seriously,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the state Board of Elections. “We urge all North Carolinians to get information about voting and voter registration from trusted, reliable sources, including your state and county boards of elections.”

Vote.org asks people who received these text messages to reach out directly to officials.

“All communications received from Vote.org are marked as being such and can be found on official platforms,” the organization said Thursday.

Voters can check their registration status at any time at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup. For more information about voter registration in North Carolina, visit http://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote.