With early voting already underway, Virginia AG Herring promises to use law to crack down voter intimidation

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 11:05:18-04

NORFOLK, Va. - President Trump’s call for his supporters “to go into the polls and watch very carefully” has raised fears about potential polling place confrontations.

As early voting is already underway, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is promising to use the law to crack down voter intimidation.

Herring told News 3 anchor Barbara Ciara there has already been one reported incident in Fairfax.

Herring cited both Virginia code and federal laws that rise to the level of a felony if a person is convicted for interfering with a citizen’s right to vote.

These laws include, in part, while polls are open, you can’t be noisy, loiter or campaign within 40 feet of a polling place. It is also unlawful to use a loudspeaker within 300 feet of a polling place on Election Day.

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