Illegal third-party registration conduct
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Illegal third-party voter registration conduct, when it misleads a voter into thinking he or she has registered to vote, is a type of voter suppression. This happens when a person or organization that is conducting a third-party voter registration effort discards or destroys some or all of the voter registration cards they have collected, instead of turning the cards into the proper election officials.
When this happens, the unwitting voter who signed the voter registration card is under the impression that he or she registered to vote, learning only on election day that the registration did not take effect.
A number of states passed laws governing third-party voter registration that make it illegal to discard, destroy or fail to turn in a voter registration card collected by a third-party registrar.