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ACLU asks Maine voter intimidation probe

12:01 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the Brennan Center for Justice are asking for a federal investigation into alleged voter intimidation during the last election.

The ACLU and Brennan Center, a non-partisan organization based at New York University School of Law, filed their request with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division on Friday.

The request stems from a Nov. 13 statement by outgoing Maine Republican Chair Charlie Webster that he planned to mail hundreds of post cards to non-residents he suspects voted to see if they're returned. Webster later apologized for saying "dozens of black people" unfamiliar to election officials had voted in rural towns Nov. 6.

The ACLU and Brennan Center say Webster's post card mailing violates federal Voting Rights and Voter Registration acts.

 

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