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In his letter, Mr. Kadzik noted that the VPC’s upcoming September mailings will not be pre-populated, at the request of the elections board.

“The VPC certainly does not intend to mail to already registered or ineligible voters, deceased individuals or pets,” Mr. Kadzik wrote. “Virginia citizens who receive an application that is addressed to someone who is ineligible to register (including themselves) should simply discard it.”

Ms. Gardner said VPC has a list of “hundreds and hundreds” of common pet names it excludes from mailing lists.

“If a person wants to commit a felony by filling out a form illegally, clearly that’s way outside our control,” Ms. Gardner said.

Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Mr. Cuccinelli, said that any type of investigation by the attorney general’s office would have to be requested by the elections board, which hasn’t happened so far.

“Our job right now is to advise our client, the state board, as they work to ensure the law is complied with and that the voter registration process is not compromised,” he said.

Mr. Judd said the elections board has to examine the requests stated in the letter. He said he does not think the authors of the Romney campaign letter are familiar with Virginia law. “But that’s OK because we’re prepared to process the eligible registration forms,” he said.

VPC voter-registration forms also have gone out to people — and pets and the deceased — in Maryland.

Maryland Director of Voter Registration Mary Cramer Wagner said she personally has received about 25 complaints from residents who received forms from VPC. Now the receptionist just gives out VPC’s phone number when people call.

“I appreciate any and all efforts to get people to get registered, but it’s very heartbreaking when you’re talking to a mother who lost her daughter seven years ago and gets a piece of mail, and it just breaks your heart,” Ms. Wagner said, “You’d think after seven years, what is that name doing on any list?”