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Threatening 'Vote Trump or else!' emails reported in multiple states

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 11:36:45-04

MIAMI — Less than two weeks ahead of Election Day, voters in multiple states have reported receiving threatening emails that allegedly come from right wing groups.

The subject line in the emails says "Vote Trump or else!" and come from an address.

However, CBS News reports the messages are originating from overseas, although they may be routed through foreign countries and being sent from the U.S.

Whoever is sending the emails intends to scare voters, especially ones who align with the Democratic party.

The message states "We are in possession of all your information (email, address, telephone… everything). You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you."

A spokesman with the University of Florida said 183 people on campus received the email. Alachua County, where the university is located, is a deeply Democratic section of the state. Voters in Alaska and Arizona also claimed to have received the threatening email.

Despite the email address, a Proud Boys leader told CBS News the group was not involved in the emails.

"If somebody's trying to intimidate voters, they're probably successful, the damage is done to some people that aren't very media savvy, you know, like a 70-year-old that gets an email like this and is not going to go out to vote," Enrique Tarrio told the network.