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.