Dems want criminal probe of Kentucky GOP’s shady ‘Violation Notice’ mailed to voters
The Republican Party of Kentucky sent official-looking mailers to some eastern Kentucky residents that Democrats say appears to be an attempt to intimidate voters.
The U.S. Senate campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes filed suit against the statewide GOP group in Franklin County Circuit Court asking for a criminal investigation, reported the Louisville Courier-Journal.
“This is clearly a scare tactic, and what they are doing to try to manipulate voters,” said the Democratic challenger’s campaign manager, Jonathan Hurst.
The official-looking mailers say “Election Violation Notice” on the envelope and warn: “You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information.”
The mailer lists a variety of allegedly false claims made by Grimes in her campaign advertisements.
“Dear Citizen: This document serves as a notification to you, as a resident of Kentucky and a registered voter in the aforementioned Commonwealth, of fraudulent information that is being deliberately spread to voters in your area,” the mailer says.
The Grimes campaign said the mailer may violate criminal voter suppression laws, and the Kentucky Attorney General’s office has received numerous complaints about it.
A spokeswoman for the FBI office in Louisville declined to confirm or deny a federal investigation into the matter.
The 35-year-old Grimes has mounted the strongest challenge to Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in more than 20 years.
Watch this video report posted online by Alison for Kentucky Press: