Voter Suppression: Another Low-Brow Tactic - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Can it get more ridiculous than this?

First the foreclosure issue in Michigan, and now…

Drumroll …

A fake State Board of Elections flier directing Republicans to vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats to vote on Nov. 5 is being circulated in several Hampton Roads localities in Virginia, according to reports.

The flier looks like an official document, featuring the state board logo and the state seal, and is dated Oct. 24. 

It says, “Due to the larger than expected voter turnout in this years (sic) electorial process. (sic) An emergency session of the General Assembly has adopted the following emergency regulations to ease the load on local electorial (sic) precincts and ensure a fair electoral process.”

It urges Republican party supporters and independent voters leaning Republican to vote on the correct day, Nov. 4, and Democrats to vote the following day, as “adopted by emergency regulation of the Virginia General Assembly.” 

The author of the flier even apologizes for any inconvenience. 

All of the information in the flier has been deemed false and the state’s Board of Elections has disavowed itself of any connection to the flier, according to reports. 

Election Day is Nov. 4 for all registered voters. That’s ALL registered voters.

The Hampton Roads area is located in southeastern Virginia and includes Norfolk, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.