We have received many complaints referencing voter intimidation via email. These emails state your name, address, and voter information and are allegedly from the Proud Boys.
In the email, the perpetrators ominously claimed to have “gained access into the entire voting infrastructure”. The email demanded Democrats to change their party affiliation to Republican “to let us know you received our message and will comply.”
Within the body of the email is a link. We advise you to never click on unknown links and to delete the email as soon as you receive it.
If you have received an email similar to the details above, we ask that you please call the Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013 or your local authorities to file a report.
So far this is a state-wide trend and the FBI has initiated an investigation into the matter.
We are committed to the safety of all voters within Charlotte County, ensuring each and every voter as a secure voting experience, states Sheriff Bill Prummell.
Attempting to threaten or intimidate voters in federal elections is a federal crime punishable by fines and up to one year in prison.
Additional voting related questions may be directed to the Supervisor of Elections website or 941-833-5400.
Officials originally believed the author of the intimidating emails came from a political organization named The Proud Boys.
Now, National Security Officials indicate that a foreign government is sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, not the Proud Boys Organization. Charlotte County Voters can be assured that there is no danger posed to them. CCSO is committed to the safety of all voters and will be very vigilant throughout the entire voting process.