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Dirty tricks: Flyers instructs Democrats to vote after the election

By Gary Fennelly

Published 31/10/2008

Fake flyers, instructing Democrats to vote on November 5 - after the US election, are being distributed in Virginia.

Dated October 24, the flyer blames the change in voting times on "larger than expected voted turnout" and said 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."

The flyers, printed with state's logos and a state seal, have been found in Hampton, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

A Board of Elections spokesperson said: "Originally, it was isolated in the Hampton Roads area earlier this week, but it seems to be spreading to the Northern Virginia area."

Virginia passed a law in 2007 making it illegal to spread misinformation about the election process.

Virginia State Police are investigating.

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