MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Josh Kaul today is reminding people that voter intimidation is a crime.
“Voter intimidation is a felony, and it’s an attack on our democratic system,” said Attorney General Kaul. “Anyone who commits that crime must be vigorously prosecuted.”
How to Recognize Voter Intimidation
Wisconsin law prohibits anyone from using or threatening force to compel someone to vote, to keep them from voting, or to influence their voting decision. Wisconsin law also prohibits anyone from using duress or fraud to impede or prevent someone from freely exercising their right to vote. The law not only prohibits individuals from taking any of these actions personally, but it also prohibits individuals from having a third party take these actions.
Voter intimidation can take many forms and determining if any action is voter intimidation is dependent on the facts of the incident. Examples of voter intimidation could include:
How to Report Voter Intimidation:
If you witness or are subject to voter intimidation, alert an election official and call local law enforcement immediately. If you are being threatened with violence, call 911.