Voter intimidation is prohibited under federal law, which states that “no person . . . shall intimidate, threaten, coerce . . . any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] person to vote or to vote as he may choose.”
Some examples of voter intimidation could be:
Aggressively questioning a voter about citizenship
Baseless or discriminatory challenges to voter eligibility
Falsely presenting as an elections official and spreading false information
Shouting abusive language
If a voter is being followed and improperly photographed or recorded
Blocking the entrance to a polling place
Disrupting voting lines
Taunting other voters or election workers
If you have been kept from casting your ballot or experienced voter intimidation, here are some ways to report the violation of your right to vote.
Call the Election Protection hotline led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (866-OUR-VOTE)
Report intimidation to county poll workers, the county clerk, elections officials, local and state officials, or the state board of elections. Their offices will be open on Election Day. You can find your local election office here
Call the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund (888-Ve-Y-Vota)
Call the hotline led by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (888-API-VOTE).
The Arab American Institute Yalla Vote Hotline is 844-418-1682.
Justice Department Voting Rights Hotline at 800-253-3931
Contact the Justice Department Civil Rights Division at firstname.lastname@example.org