Both federal and state laws protect New Yorkers against voter intimidation.

Voter intimidation can involve the threat of – or use of – force, violence, obstruction, or interference.

Voter intimidation can also involve the use of deceptive or fraudulent communication that impedes, prevents, or otherwise interferes with the free exercise of voting by a registered voter.

Voter intimidation is a serious crime. 

Any actual intimidation or attempts to intimidate should be reported immediately to the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-390-2992, or submitted online using the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s online Election Complaint Form.