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BROOKSVILLE, Florida -- In mailboxes all over Hernando County, letters are showing up that ask people to switch to the Republican Party.

But some are calling the letter -- sent to voters registered as No Party Affiliation -- misleading. The letter includes a voter registration form and stamped envelope addressed to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

That has some voters convinced it's coming directly from election officials.

"I want it to be very clear that this is not a mailing that we did," said Elizabeth Townsend from the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office.

The letters were actually sent by the Republican Party of Hernando County. But since Monday, the elections office has been hit with angry phone calls and vulgar letters, accusing them of being responsible.

"We want them to know that taxpayer money was not used for this mailing in any way, shape, or form," Townsend explained.

Blaise Ingoglia, chairman of the Hernando County Republican Party, defends the letter as just a miscommunication. He says they included the return envelopes as a way to follow Florida's restrictions on third parties registering people to vote.

Ingoglia points outthe letters are signed by him at the bottom and mention they are a political ad paid for by the Hernando County Republican Party.

"It's clearly not misleading," he said.

Ingoglia alsotold 10 Newsthe supervisor's office only let the media know about the angry phone calls and letters to bring attention to themselves as they are campaigning in an election year.

Election officials deny that had anything to do with it.

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