Voter alert: Do not hand early ballots to strangers

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Voter alert: Do not hand early ballots to strangers

CREATED Oct 25, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez wants to make sure every vote is counted. Several calls into her office prompted her to issue an alert warning voters against giving their early ballots to a stranger.

"I call it a danger because once that person leaves your front door, how do you know what they do with your ballot?" Rodriguez said.

With the race so tight across the country, Rodriguez said there's potential for voter fraud.

"We have so many special interest groups out here," Rodriguez said. "All you need is one bad apple in the group that will disenfranchise voters."

You can avoid becoming a victim by knowing who is and isn't supposed to be knocking on your door for your ballot. Pima County Democratic Chair Jeff Rogers said the Democrats aren't collecting ballots right now. But by next Friday, that may change.

"Real late, we may go after them because we don't want to see the votes not count," Rogers said.

Meanwhile Pima County Republicans are actively collecting ballots from callers. They told 9OYS their volunteers will have an ID and should give voters a receipt if they pick up ballots.

"You should definitely get a receipt," said chairwoman Carolyn Cox. "You can't just give your ballot to anyone who shows up and says I'll take it, because they may or may not actually deliver it."

Rodriguez told KGUN9 that no one is more reliable than yourself. She recommends dropping it off yourself at the mailbox or right at the Recorder's Office.

"Everybody's nice, I'm not accusing anyone of anything, but I don't want the potential," she said. "I don't want the potential in this county."

Friday is the last day to request an early ballot. The Recorder's Office mailed out 306,000 ballots and as of Wednesday had received more than 119,000.