A California couple was surprised to find that their political preferences had already been filled out when they received a voter registration card in the mail.
The couple had received the letter from Covered California after signing up for the state-run health insurance agency using the site set up by the Affordable Care Act. The letter included information discussing voter registration as well as a pre-marked registration card with an “X” next to “Democratic Party,” ABC 10 reports.
This caught the couple, who have always been registered to vote Republican, off-guard.
The man who received the letter claimed he wanted to publicize the pre-filled voter registration card to prevent an unfair advantage for Democrats signing up people who may not notice the “x” on the card.
“It’s a waste of money because there’s an awful lot of people who are going to get this that are already registered and they don’t need to,” the man said. "I can see that, but I can’t see putting x on the form before it’s given to me in a little bitty box that nobody’s really going to notice."
In response to the incident, Covered California urged the couple to share their experience with the Secretary of State.
“We are mailing voter registration material,” said Covered California spokeswoman Anne Gonzales. "However, the application forms come directly from the Secretary of State’s office, with no fields pre-marked. The individual should contact the Secretary of State, which takes these violations of election law extremely seriously, and they will investigate, using the unique serial number."
According to the Examiner, the couple were unsuccessful in their attempts to contact the Secretary of State's office.