(SS) A slew of voter intimidation emails sent to the University of Florida students on Tuesday has officials scrambling to figure out who actually sent them.
But officials haven’t pointed to any evidence the emails came from the far-right fringe group.
CBS News and Vice News reported that the source code embedded in seven emails shows the message originated from IP addresses linked to servers in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Estonia. CBS News also reported voters in Alaska and Arizona reported receiving the email message.
Election officials in Alachua County forwarded the emails to the FBI. Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, who lives in Miami-Dade, said he did, too.
Tarrio posted about the emails on Parler, the social media site the Proud Boys use. He said he spoke with Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton and would be assisting the FBI to find out “who is spoofing our email and intimidating voters.”
Barton said her office is working with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to look into the emails, including the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also notified the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections, she said.
“If any individual engages in any form of voter intimidation, our office will refer the case to state and federal law enforcement,” she wrote in a statement.
The full text of the email reads:
“We are in possession of all your information: email, address, telephone ... everything. You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access to the entire voting infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you.”
Under Florida law, much of the personal information on voter registration forms — including the information referenced in the email, such as email addresses, physical addresses and telephone numbers — is considered public record.
It is publicly available and does not require “access into the entire voting infrastructure” to find.
Information about who anyone voted for in a U.S. election is not public record and is kept private.