(AP) — Two conservative activists have been charged with multiple felonies in Michigan for a series of false robocalls that aimed to dissuade urban residents in Detroit and other cities from voting by mail.
THIS MORNING: @MIAttyGen charging 2 men from out-of-state for alleged voter suppression scheme involving robo-calling, said to have gone out to nearly 12,000 people in Detroit. "We think it was an effort to dissuade and discourage African American voters." @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/3gYYwbQRwf— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) October 2, 2020
Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Wohl and 54-year-old Jack Burkman were each charged Thursday with four felony counts in Detroit, including intimidating voters, conspiracy and using a computer to commit crimes.
The calls falsely warned residents in majority-Black Detroit and urban areas in at least four other states that voting by mail in the Nov. 3 election could subject people to arrest, debt collection and forced vaccination. In August, the men denied involvement.