Bunnell, FL - Voter intimidation is being reported by Flagler County voters. Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart said her office is getting calls from people about emails they received last night (October 20).
The email is from firstname.lastname@example.org and states:
"[VOTER NAME] We are in possession of all your information You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you. [ADDRESS IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS]- good luck ;)
Lenhart is asking that anyone who received this email or anything similar, to forward to her office at email@example.com The information is being collected and it will be reported to the Florida Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI. Voter intimidation is a crime under both Florida and Federal law.
“I want to assure our county voters that we are taking every step necessary to ensure your vote counts in this election. First of all, certain voter information is a public record. From my research, it seems the publicly available information such as name, address, party affiliation and sample ballot email address have been used to personalize this email. The email was only sent to registered Democrats in Florida, although I have seen news reports that similar emails have been sent in other states as well. We maintain your secret ballot as required by the US Constitution. No one knows how you vote. Ironically, the email was sent to voters who have already voted early or by mail.
Lenhart said in a statement, "Please do not let this type of behavior discourage you from voting for your candidate of choice. This is such an important election and unfortunately, these scammers are using public information to attack voter confidence in the voting process. I also hope this incident will be enough to convince the Florida Legislature that voter information should be exempt from public records.”