STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton woman claims she nearly gave up her right to vote to a phony petition outside of Walmart Wednesday afternoon.
Karen Griggs said she was waiting for the bus on Hammer Lane with about 20 people when two young, African American men approached asking people to sign a petition to extend the prison time for convicted sex offenders. When the two men reached Griggs at her seat they asked her to sign her name and initial a second spot so they could get paid.
"I remembered that I've never signed a petition where you had to initial for them to get paid and then it dawned on me that I never signed a petition where it was just one signature per page," said Griggs, who is legally blind.
Griggs grabbed the form off of the mens' clipboard and later found out that it wasn't a petition she was signing, but a California voter registration form. Griggs said the two men walked away with at least 20 people's signatures. On the form, a party affiliation was already filled out and the initialled spot said the voter wanted to a receive mail-in ballot.
Griggs contacted San Joaquin County's Registrar of Voters Department and was told the code number at the bottom of the form she took isn't even from San Joaquin County.
"You're going to go to the voting booth to sign, but they're going to tell you you're not registered there," warned Griggs.
The Registrar of Voters was not available for comment Saturday.
The Stockton Police Department said they had no other complaints about voter fraud.