Virginians report receiving letters threatening to expose them as non-voters

By Megan Carpentier
Saturday, November 3, 2012 18:50 EDT
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A new voter intimidation tactic surfaced in central Virginia this week, where registered voters reported receiving letters threatening to expose them to their neighbors if they didn’t show up at the polls this year.

Similar letters emerged last week in North Carolina, another swing state, and both recipient lists appear to have been culled from lists of registered voters sold by the state Board of Elections to “political groups, courts, candidates and incumbents,” among others, according to Caroline County General Registrar Deneen Moen. However, those that buy the lists aren’t allowed to share the names with other groups or use them to intimidate voters.

“If they felt intimidated, then they felt intimidated,” by the letters, Moen added, and thus “it’s against the law.” She suggest those that received the letters to report it to their local registrar.

Watch the video from WTVR Richmond, which first aired on November 3, 2012, below.

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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