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Bogus Web sites try to lure voters

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Pioneer Press

Cook County Clerk David Orr issued a warning to the public today to steer clear of any Web sites or organizations which offer to register them to vote and require a payment.

"Voting is a right in this country," Orr emphasized. "You do not have to pay one red cent to register to vote."

Orr strongly warned voters against a specific Internet site called "iwanttovote.com" which claims to register voters for a $9.95 fee. The site requires a voter to turn over a credit card number and personal information -- including part of a Social Security number or drivers license number. However, the 'iwanttovote' Web site lists no staff, no phone number or street address.

"In an age of Internet crime and identity theft, the last thing to do is pay for something online that is free from your local county clerk," added Orr.

Illinois voters can register to vote between now and Oct. 7 for the Nov. 4 presidential election at a variety of local government offices including city clerks and township clerks. The Cook County Clerk has offices where residents of suburban Cook County can register to vote at 69 W. Washington, Suite 500, in downtown Chicago and at five suburban courthouse mini-centers.

Suburban Cook County residents can also download a voter registration form at no cost at www.voterinfonet.com. Instructions on filling and mailing the form are also on the Web site.



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