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Election Board Concerned About Illegal Voter Registration

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CARTER COUNTY, OK -- The presidential election is fast approaching and one Texoma county says they are concerned they are getting scammed.

"We've never seen any kind of proof of residency, or any kind of verification of the person themselves," Carter County Election Board employee Diane Hall says.

The Carter County Election Board says legally, their hands are tied when it comes to voter registration.

"It’s concerning but it's the law as far as we're concerned," Hall says.

Diane Hall says by law, the election board is not allowed to request any kind of proof of identification when a person comes in to register to vote and she’s concerned that some people are taking advantage of the law.

"We give them a card and they take it straight to the pawn shop, and they can purchase a gun, and we don’t know if they are a resident of Oklahoma, if they are a felon, there is no way to check that," Hall says.

The voter registration ID card lists your name, your address, and party affiliation.

And at pawn shops, this ID can be used as an alternate form of identification for proof of residency.

"The laws that are on the books are mainly for law abiding people, and people that cannot abide by the law go around it," gun and pawn shop owner, Steven Harris says.

Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd says it is a felony to submit false information and anyone who does can face up to 5 years in state prison, and a $50,000 fine.

"It carries a very strong penalty because I think legislation acknowledges and realizes that the integrity of our system of elections is important," Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd says.

The Carter County Election Board says Friday is the last day to be able to register to vote.