The New York attorney general’s office accused a group of confronting voters at their homes while posing as state election authorities and falsely accusing them of engaging in voter fraud on Thursday and delivered the group a cease-and-desist letter.
The letter demands that NY Citizens Audit discontinue all voter intimidation activities right away and turn over all documentation regarding the organization’s training and conversations with its door-to-door canvassers.
“These allegations, if true, could constitute unlawful voter deception under New York state law and unlawful voter intimidation under both state and federal law,” the letter, which was acquired by the Associated Press, states.
Marly Hornik, the executive director of NY Citizens Audit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment through email on Thursday. She has previously stated that the group has operated legally.
On its website, NY Citizens Audit states that it is “dedicated to restoring and maintaining the essential, founding American principle of sovereignty through honest, provable elections in New York and across the nation.”
In certain instances, voters have complained, according to the letter from the attorney general, that canvassers have pretended to be election workers by wearing fake badges or other forms of identification.
According to the attorney general’s office, there is no proof that any of the people approached had engaged in voter fraud.
The letter was written in response to a warning from the New York State Board of Elections that voters in at least 13 counties had been approached by people posing as election authorities and being accused of voting fraud.
The board, according to a spokesman, informed local, state, and federal law enforcement of the instances.
The group has until October 2 to turn over all of its data, including correspondence with anyone involved in door-to-door canvassing, manuals for its canvassers, and correspondence with any third parties regarding its canvassing operations.