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article imageActivists advise how to fight voter intimidation

By Stan Rezaee     Nov 6, 2012 in Politics
In response to the growing allegation that poll watchers are being used to intimidate voters, activists are offering simple advice on how individuals should fight voter intimidation.
Activists sites like Democratic and The Tallahassee O are advising individuals to tape any act of voter intimidation at their polling station and report it to the FBI Voter Intimidation Hotline at 202-514-1888 or 1-800-253-3931.
Activists are also offering the same advice on Twitter or recommending individuals to contact the Department of Justice.
A Facebook meme states “Voting is your right! If an alleged “poll watcher” tries to impede you at the voting booth; tell him to kindly step out the way, take his picture with a cell phone and call the FBI”. The post also states that the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Voting Section can be contacted at 1-800-253-3931.
Voter fraud is a felony as is voter intimidation as defined by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In California, the maximum penalty for voter intimidation is 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Voters are encouraged to report all acts of voter intimidation to their local branch of the FBI or DOJ.
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