Web Site Charges to Prepare Voter Registration Forms

Election official says service is waste of money

Election officials said a Web site that offers to prepare voter registrations -- for a fee -- is a waste of money.

IWantToVote.com charges $10 to fill in the blanks of voter registration forms.

"It's just wrong on every count," said Bruce Sherbet, Dallas County elections administrator.

Sherbet said registering to vote is a free service, and prospective voters should not pay to register.

"The state provides voter applications -- they are postage-paid," he said. "You don't have to spend a penny to be able to vote and register to vote."

Texas' deadline to vote in November's presidential election was Oct. 6. People may still register, but they will not be able to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

Some voters said they believe the site is preying on people with little knowledge of the system.

"I think it's unconscionable that people would charge Americans to cast their ballot," one woman said. "That's just wrong."

She said people should "save their money."

In an e-mail, IWantToVote.com said it doesn't charge to register people to vote but prepares people's registration documents.

"If it's supposed to be for free, why are you charging extra for something that is supposed to be for free?" one man said.

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