This story is a cross post from The Institute for Southern Studies, and was authored by Sue Sturgis - to view in it's original context use this link: http://www.southernstudies.org/2014/10/americans-for-prosperitys-trail-o...
The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced this week that it is investigating a controversial mailer the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) sent to thousands of state residents that contained inaccurate information about voter registration.
The board was required to launch an investigation after a formal complaint was filed by Casey Mann, executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party. The complaint noted that the mailer, sent by the AFP Foundation, included incorrect information on the registration deadline, where to send voter registration applications, and where to get answers to questions about registration:
The above referenced statements were certainly known by the Respondent to be false and known by the Respondents to have the effect of misleading, intimidating, and/or discouraging participation in the North Carolina General Election by recipients not yet sufficiently informed with respect to the voter registration requirements.
Under North Carolina law, sending out a mass mailing or taking any other action where "the intent and effect is to intimidate or discourage potential voters" is a Class I felony. The elections board told The News & Observer that it has received at least 2,000 calls about the mailers, and has asked AFP to send accurate information to the homes that received the misinformation.