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What is voter intimidation?

Posted at 7:22 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 10:37:50-04

You may be hearing the term voter intimidation more this election.

Voter intimidation is basically any act that attempts to intimidate or interfere with anyone voting.

That could be threats, yelling, trying to physically block polling places, questioning someone about their political choices, citizenship status or criminal record.

It can also be putting up signs or spreading false info about voting requirements and procedures and confronting voters wearing military-style uniforms.

It is not protected under free speech.

If you witness anything that may be voter intimidation you can call local authorities or report it to local election officials.

You can also contact the election protection helpline at 866-OUR-VOTE.