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Voters say they feel threatened by political letters

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY)– Some citizens feel threatened by political letters in New Hanover County.

One woman says she has received multiple letters from parties threatening her to vote.
Castle Hayne resident Dierdre Dunn says she first got a letter that gave her a grade for her voting habits. She says the letter gave her a B and gave her neighbors an A. She says she threw that letter away without paying much attention to it.

Friday she got a second letter. This one was from North Carolina’s Democratic Party telling her they would be reviewing whether she votes.

“I was not a little. I was very incensed,” Dunn said.

The letter started off by saying the organization has monitored her and her neighborhood’s voting habits and they are disappointed.

“This is America,” Dunn says. “We have the right to not vote if we so choose not to.”

The last part of the letter says, “if you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why you let your community down by failing to vote.”

“They’re threatening to out me whether I vote or don’t vote,” Dunn said. “What is that? What party does that and why would they do such a thing? If they are looking for votes, all they have to do is ask for them.”

We reached out the the democratic party about the letter.

“At a time when Americans for Prosperity and Civitas are trying to intimidate and spread misinformation, we are reaching out to encourage our citizens to exercise their constitutional rights,” a spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement. “The intent of Patsy Keever’s challenge to voters this week was to encourage conversations with neighbors and friends who sometimes do not take advantage of their constitutional rights.

“This is a critical election and it’s important to make sure our voters are getting out to vote. That includes stressing the importance of voting, talking about the voting process and what the stakes are for North Carolina. We will continue to look for every way possible to empower, educate, and encourage voters for the remainder of this election cycle.”

Dunn says they could have approached her in a different way.

“All you have to do is ask; not threaten,” Dunn said.

Dunn says she also called Keever to speak with her about the matter, but she has not gotten a response yet.


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