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Here's what you need to know about voter intimidation, and how to protect yourself

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Posted at 4:19 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 04:19:55-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — We're taking a closer look at voter intimidation ahead of the 2020 Election.

Legally speaking voter intimidation refers to any act that tries to stop you from, or scare you while, you vote.

It includes things like threats, yelling, trying to physically block polling places, and questioning you about your political choices, citizenship status, or criminal record.

It can also include putting up signs, or spreading false info about voting requirements and procedures.

It is not protected under free speech.

"Intimidation is against the law in all 50 states and against federal law," said Mary McCord of the Georgetown School of Law.

If you witness anything that may be voter intimidation, you're urged to call police, and report it to both your local election officials, and the election protection help line by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE, (1-866-687-8683), or by clicking here.

You can follow along our election coverage by clicking here.