Federal authorities are looking into alleged cases of voter intimidation in the state of Florida.
As many as 100 people reportedly received fraudulent letters, claiming voter ineligibility.
The letters official-looking letter, were sent from Seattle but were falsified to look like they came from county supervisors in Florida. Attempting to fool voters into thinking that they may not be eligible to vote, the rhetoric in the letter tells citizens that they must complete an additional step before heading to the polls:
You must complete the attached Voter Eligibility Form and return it to the Supervisor of Elections Office within 15 days of receipt. Failure to submit this form within fifteen (15) days will result in the removal of your name from the voter registration rolls and you will no longer be eligible to vote. A non registered voter who casts a vote in the State of Florida may be subject to arrest, imprisonment, and/or other criminal sanctions.
Some in the state also received phone calls informing them that they could place their vote over the phone.
The letters were sent out to both Republicans and Democrats, and isn’t the only case of suspected intimidation tactics around the country, as minorities, and the elderly have also been targeted. Additionally, anonymous billboards were put up in Ohio and Wisconsin warning of the criminal ramifications of voter fraud.
With President Obama and Mitt Romney setting off on a last-minute campaign blitz, Florida is a pivotal swing state. During the 2000 election of President George W. Bush, the state was launched into the spotlight after several ballots had to be recounted, which some believe was a ploy to get him into the White House ,since his brother was governor of the state, at that time.
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