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Voter intimidation

Voter intimidation is a form of electoral fraud in which voters are threatened with violence, economic harm, or other negative consequences in retaliation for not casting their ballots in a particular way, or for casting them at all.

Examples of voter intimidation

  • In 1984, A group of followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had hoped to incapacitate the voting population of The Dalles, Oregon so that their own candidates would win the 1984 Wasco County elections. They poisoned 751 individuals through the deliberate contamination of salad bars at ten local restaurants with salmonella.[1] The incident was the first, and single largest bioterrorist attack in United States history.[2][3] The Dalles Oregon attack is one of only two confirmed terrorist uses of biological weapons to harm humans.[4]
  • In Gilbert, Arizona, a wife ran over her husband with an SUV after she discovered that he had not voted in the November 2012 general election.[5]
  • In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two members of the New Black Panther Party intimidated several white voters at a polling office during the 2008 election cycle. This was eventually videotaped and placed onto YouTube, leading to a scandal when Eric Holder refused to prosecute them for violating the Voting Rights Act.
  • In 2018, the North Dakota Democratic Party falsely claimed that hunters – who lean Republican – who voted would lose their hunting licenses.[6][7][8] The state's Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp repeated the false claims.[9][10]

See also


  1. Flaccus, Gillian. "Ore. Town Never Recovered From Scare", October 19, 2001. 
  2. Scripps Howard News Service. "Health experts fear bioterror attack", Grand Rapids Press, January 28, 2007, p. G1. “A total of 751 people, including members of the Wasco County Commission, became ill with nausea, diarrhea, headaches and fever. Forty-five people were hospitalized, but no one died. It was the first, and still the largest, germ-warfare attack in U.S. history.” 
  3. Lewis, Susan K (November 2001). History of Biowarfare: Bioterror, The Cults. Nova Online Website. WGBH/NOVA. Archived from the original on 9 December 2007. Retrieved on November 23, 2007.
  4. Wheelis, Mark; Lajos Rózsa, Malcolm Dando (2006). Deadly Cultures: Biological Weapons Since 1945. Harvard University Press, Pages 284–293, 301–303. ISBN 0-674-01699-8. 
  5. "Police say Holly Solomon, 28, chased after her husband, 36-year-old Daniel Solomon, in a Jeep Saturday night after he didn't vote in Gilbert, Arizona", WUSA News, November 13, 2012. Retrieved on November 16, 2012. 
  6. Wegmann, Philip (November 11, 2018). North Dakota Democrats to hunters: Voting could cost you your hunting license. Washington Examiner. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  7. Hasson, Peter (November 1, 2018). North Dakota Democrats Buy Ads Discouraging Hunters from Voting. The Daily Caller. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  8. Schallhorn, Kaitlyn (November 2, 2018). North Dakota Democratic Party discourages hunters from voting, claims they could lose out-of-state licenses. Fox News. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  9. Mikelionis, Lukas (November 3, 2018). Heitkamp endorses state Dems' false claim that ND's hunters could lose licenses if they vote. Fox News. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  10. Cimmino, Jeffrey (November 2, 2018). Heitkamp Appears to Discourage Voting by Hunters: ‘It’s Really Important That People Understand the Consequences of Voting’. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved November 3, 2018.