Election officials and police across New York are sounding the alarm on a growing phenomenon: election impersonators.
People pretending to be election board workers have been reportedly knocking on front doors and telling people they have committed a crime. The impersonators in question have been reported in at least 13 separate counties across the state.
According to investigators, the election fraudsters are targeting people who moved from one county to another, and then legally registered to vote at their new address. The impersonators attempt to frighten voters by saying they are committing a crime by showing up in the state voter database multiple times.
The goal of this group seems appears to be keeping certain people from going to the polls.
After 15 years of working in elections, Nassau County Elections Democratic Commissioner Jim Scheuerman calls the activity deeply troubling.
“It’s upsetting to see anyone get confused or accosted at their door, it’s horrible,” he said Friday.