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Postcard from Taylor campaign creates flap over display of personal information
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Postcard from Taylor campaign creates flap over display of personal information

Postcard from Taylor campaign creates flap over display of personal information
Postcard received by a registered voter from the Kathy Taylor for Mayor campaign

Postcard from Taylor campaign creates flap over display of personal information

Postcards emailed to some Tulsa voters by the Kathy Taylor mayoral campaign have created concerns from some of the recipients about privacy.

The postcards include an application for absentee ballots for "all elections for which I am eligible in the calendar year 2013."

They come preprinted with the recipient's name, birthdate, and address.

KRMG received inquiries about the cards, and called the Taylor campaign for comment.

Communications Director Anna America told KRMG the mailing is primarily designed to acquaint voters with all the unusual circumstances surrounding this particular election.

"It's such an unusual election -- you know, the first time we've done it under this system, it's the first time we've had an election in June -- and we continually will...be out at an event or a meeting, and very educated, very engaged Tulsans don't really understand the election, they don't realize that this election could be over June 11th," America said.

She said the decision to use postcards was a result of a desire to make the printing process as simple, accurate, and efficient as possible.

Patti Bryant, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary, tells KRMG the practice is legal.

That information, compiled by the election board of all registered voters, is publicly available, she told KRMG.

However, her office has also received phone calls complaining about the postcards.

"What I'm finding most upsetting to the voters is the fact that it's filled in already," she told KRMG. "Because it's a two-sided card, they mail it back and it's exposed. We've had them in the past where they were on a page that folded in half, and that information was all private inside. But this is a postcard that exposes all their information, and that's what they're upset about."

One man who contacted KRMG said he was concerned about the possibility of voter fraud, but Bryant said they do have security measures in place to prevent that problem.

After the voter mails in the request for the absentee ballots, they come by mail.

They're filled out, but must be notarized or signed by two witnesses to be accepted and counted by the election board.

Falsely filling out such a witness statement and signing it is a crime, she notes. "If you're caught, you could go to jail."

Asked if the county has ever had a problem with unlawful absentee voting, she said no, "and part of my job is to turn this type of thing over to the D.A., so I look for it, and it's not happening," she added.

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