Citizens In Fort Worth Are Being Cautioned To Not Share Personal Information Online That Claims To Be Able To “Verify” Votes
Authorities in Tarrant County have cautioned Fort Worth voters not to disclose personal details with any website to “verify” their vote.
Residents who got a leaflet titled “Find out if your vote counted in Fort Worth” sent emails to NBC 5 on Friday. The recipient got the notification since Tarrant County elections documents show they participated in the May 1 contest, and the web page was created to detect any election fraud, according to the statement.
The receiver is then directed to a web page to “verify their vote” by confirming their credentials.
The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s office claimed in a press conference released on Friday that the flier was not provided by the province, the county elections office, the Tarrant County Republican or Democratic parties, or any known poll workers.
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney warned the voters
“Be careful! Be cautious about giving someone you don’t know your name, address, emails, or any other information,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in a press release. “You don’t know what they will do with your information.”
To “verify vote,” the site asks for credentials such as a homeowner’s name, age, and ZIP code, as well as details on “relative, acquaintances, neighbors, and even those who are long dead,” according to Wilson.
Election Commissioner also has no idea that who supported such portals
The county’s election commissioner, Heider Garcia, claimed his agency had no idea who supplied the brochures and why.
“We have no control over any information entered on this site nor do we know what they might do with that information,” Garcia wrote in an email.
Comport Consulting Group’s president, Brian Childers, wrote NBC 5’s colleagues at KRLD to emphasize that the portal is not supported by the Benbrook-based firm. Childers claimed that he was instructed to secure the domain since he had a simple way to do so.
According to Childers, the portal is a nonpartisan research instrument that is backed by a diverse group of people.
Childers noted in a mail saying he needs government data to enable Fort Worth citizens to verify to see whether their votes from the election on May 1, 2021, were legally registered. They invite anybody who participated in the election to check this website to make sure their vote was counted. The site does not gather information unless the user actively requests it. This web page will involve checking if a vote has been cast in your name although if you did not vote. There is no information gathered or shared that isn’t already available to the public. Election integrity is the cornerstone of society, and it is the main goal of these folks. This attempt is not intended to suggest that everything less than the greatest qualities of integrity is being used.
The Bottom Line
While voter verification is not required, Tarrant County authorities advised residents that they can check their voter information online at elections.tarrantcounty.com/voterlookup or by reaching the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683 or [email protected].