Md. Attorney General issues warning about voter intimidation
MARYLAND – Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is warning people about voter intimidation as early voting approaches. “Voter intimidation is a state crime. It’s a federal crime. You can’t go to the polls and harass or intimidate people,” said Attorney General Frosh.
The Attorney General says that President Donald Trump’s comments during the first presidential election, encouraging people to go to the polls “watch very carefully” could be interpreted as a call for voter intimidation. “Trump’s statement suggested that anybody who wants to go in can stand around, talk to voters in the polling place, or challenge them. They just can’t do that,” said Attorney General Frosh.
Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland Joanne Antoine says voter intimidation is always a cause for concern. But even though many Marylanders will cast their ballots by mail, this year many are still planning to vote in person. So, voter intimidation is still something to be wary of at the polls. “Even though there’s been an increase in number of people who have requested mail in ballots, we’re getting a lot of calls from voters who are changing their minds,” said Antoine.
Wicomico County Board of Elections Director Anthony Gutierrez agrees. He says their election judges will make sure everything runs smoothly. Gutierrez also says that the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand in case anything goes wrong. “They are once again willing to be available to us and go out to patrols on election day, and help us just in case one of those election officials out in the field needs the support of law enforcement,” said Gutierrez.
Attorney General Brian Frosh tells us that if voters see any kind of intimidation, they should report it to the attorney general’s office.