Election officials: Mailer about “social security referendum” is not election-related

This mailer does not come from a government office, and has nothing to do with the election. / El Paso County Clerk and Recorder
This mailer does not come from a government office, and has nothing to do with the election. / El Paso County Clerk and Recorder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has received reports of citizens receiving a mailing titled “El Paso County Referendum on Social Security.”

The mailing—which asks respondents to reply and contribute to the organization—could be construed as either an official mailing from El Paso County or as something related to the 2016 Presidential Election.

Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman would like to issue the following statement in response to the questions raised by the mailer:

“I am concerned to see such a mailing go out to the citizens of El Paso County. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how a person could think the mailing is related to the ongoing Presidential Election or is otherwise an official mailing from the County. In an effort to clear up any confusion, I’d like to be clear: these mailings did not originate from El Paso County. El Paso County will not mail citizens about Social Security. There is no ‘County Referendum’ about Social Security on this year’s ballot. If you have any questions about the validity of a request you have received in the mail, please verify its authenticity before you respond and especially before you send money.

“This is yet another reminder that we are approaching the end of a heated election cycle. Each election cycle, outside groups try to motivate or de-motivate voters through a variety of tactics. Some of these groups may try to contact voters using means that look or sound official. While some of these tactics are technically legal, please contact our office if you have questions or concerns.”

Voters with questions or concerns should call (719) 575-VOTE (8683).

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