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Tue Nov 8, 2016, 02:24 PM

Voter Intimidation # The Election Protection Hotline:1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA Espanol

From the ACLU
ALSO can contact :

The U.S. Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline: 800-253-3931; TTY line 877-267-8971

Q.What is voter intimidation?
A.
Federal law, and many states’ laws, prohibit voter intimidation. Federal law makes clear that "no person … shall intimidate, threaten, coerce … any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] person to vote or to vote as he may choose."

If someone is interfering or attempting to interfere with your right to vote, or with anyone else’s right to vote, that may be voter intimidation and a violation of federal law.

Voter intimidation is not common. But here are some examples:

Aggressively questioning voters about their citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications to vote , in a manner intended to interfere with the voters’ rights;
Falsely presenting oneself as an elections official;
Spreading false information about voter requirements, such as an ability to speak English, or the need to present certain types of photo identification (in states with no such requirement);
Displaying false or misleading signs about voter fraud and the criminal penalties related thereto; and
Other forms of harassment, particularly harassment targeted towards non-English speakers and voters of color.

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