Rock the Vote Executive Director Heather Smith issues the following statement regarding the recent theft of 300 voter registration forms in Columbus, OH.

“Yesterday Rock the Vote’s Ohio State Coordinator was on his way to the Secretary of State’s office to turn in 300 completed voter registration forms that had been filled out by Ohio State University students. During a quick stop at his office in downtown Columbus someone broke into his locked car and stole a bag that contained, in addition to his personal belongings and electronics, the registration forms. A police report has been filed, and we have no reason to believe that identity theft or voter fraud was the motivation behind the break in. Rock the Vote is in the process of contacting each individual that has been affected by this unfortunate incident to help them take precautions to protect their personal information and make sure that they are registered to vote before the deadline on Monday, October 4th. Registering voters is a sacred trust that we take very seriously, and we deeply regret that this happened.”

About Rock the Vote |

Rock the Vote engages young people in our democracy and builds their political power by registering, educating and turning them out to vote, by forcing the candidates to campaign to them, and by making politicians pay attention to youth and the issues they care about once in office. For 20 years, we have used music, popular culture, new technologies and old-fashioned grassroots organizing to engage and mobilize young people to participate in every election. By providing them with the information and tools they need since 1990, Rock the Vote has registered more than 5 million young people, including more than 2.5 million in the historic 2008 election. In 2010, Rock the Vote seeks to register 200,000 young voters as part of the largest midterm elections outreach strategy in our organization’s history.