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Recorder: Don't hand early ballots to anyone at your door

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Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told CBS 5 News she has received several complaints about people knocking on doors, saying they are from the county and offering to pick up and turn in early ballots for voters. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told CBS 5 News she has received several complaints about people knocking on doors, saying they are from the county and offering to pick up and turn in early ballots for voters.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

If you are one of the more than 1 million-plus voters in Maricopa County who received early ballots, the county recorder has a warning for you: Don't give your ballots to anyone at your doorstep.

Recorder Helen Purcell told CBS 5 News she has received several complaints about people knocking on doors, saying they are from the county and offering to pick up and turn in early ballots for the voter.

More than 1 million early ballots in Maricopa County alone were mailed out starting last Thursday.

According to Purcell, no one has been authorized to pick up the ballots.

"Being in custody of somebody else's ballot without their permission is a Class 5 Felony," Purcell said.

Purcell also said she has no idea who is out there trying to collect them but she wants it to stop.

"This is somebody's ballot, somebody's voted ballot that they're trying to take custody of," Purcell said. "Do I know that they're going to be turned in? Don't have any idea."

Purcell said the ballots already have postage to be returned, so voters can mail them for free and there is no need to give their ballots to anyone. They also can drop their early ballots at any polling place on Election Day.

Purcell said that if anyone comes to your door wanting to pick up your ballot, call police.

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