In Bedford County, Virginia, Mo Morris got a voter registration form in the mail recently. Tim Morris opened the mail that day and decided to read the mail, although it was addressed to Mo. When he perused it, Mr. Morris was pretty surprised. It turns out that the application was sent to Mo by the Voter Participation Center, a nonprofit organization, which is apparently attempting to procure as many voters as possible.
It turns out that Mo is short for Mozart. Mozart was Tim’s pet dog and this would have been the first presidential election in which the canine has voted since he would have turned 19 this year. Unfortunately, Mo passed away two years ago so it is unlikely that he will be able to cast a vote.
When questioned, the Voter Participation Center admitted that they buy mailing lists from vendors. They stated that they try to check each name, but ‘some do fall through the cracks.’ Typically, they claim to send forms to minorities, young people, and unmarried women (as well as dogs, I guess).
The local Board of Elections said that since the Voter Participation Center is a private organization, it is unable to keep them from sending forms to anyone or anything they wish. It also said that it has received other complaints of a similar nature. As far as Tim Morris, he remains hopeful that few elections will be dependent on the canine vote.