November 2nd, 2010
07:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Angle campaign alleges voter intimidation

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - The Sharron Angle campaign says employees of the Harrah's Casino suffered voter intimidation and the campaign filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and the Nevada Secretary of State.

The charge is based on a report by Elizabeth Crum that appeared in the National Review online, which includes an email chain outlining efforts to make it easier for Harrah's employees to get out and vote early. One of the emails reads "waking up to a defeat of Harry Reid Nov 3 will be devastating for our industry's future."

Read the formal complaint with the Department of Justice, after the jump:

The Reid campaign points out the complaint is based on a blog post and the author said on Fox Newschannel that she believes none of the activities she reported were illegal. In a statement to CNN, the Reid campaign says, "This report by a right-wing blogger who's literally been embedded within the angle campaign has no credibility on its face. I'm not even sure the nature of the email this blogger references. That being said, given Sen. Reid's work to strengthen the state's top industry it should come as no surprise that casino employees support his re-election."

The official complaint, which the Angle campaign shared with reporters, alleges that there was "an orchestrated effort by Harrah's Entertainment, intimidate and coerce Harrah's employees to vote for Harry Reid." It continues "employees votes were being tracked and supervisors were instructed by top management to personally confront employees to find out why they had not voted." The complaint alleges "these overt activities were specifically demanded by one or more persons who worked for Sen. Reid."

DOJ complaint [pdf]

A spokesperson for the Nevada Secretary of State's office tells CNN that "all complaints received by the office and the election integrity task force are kept confidential." They add that a "final report or statement may be made available to the public depending on the nature of the complaint, upon the outcome of the investigation."

A spokeswoman for Harrah's Corporation told CNN the company had no comment.

(Updated at 9:50 p.m. ET)

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. GaryB

    And so the Tea Party Paranoia continues.

    November 2, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. shannon

    Tea baggers play the victim more than anyone I've ever seen. The media is picking on them, the other candidates are mean, people are cheating... Please, Sharron, to quote you, "Man Up". You run from the press, your supporters are thugs, who punch women in the face at your debates, you have no credibility. The tea party is misnamed, it should be the wine party!

    November 2, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Pretzel Logic

    She's trying to set up the reasons for her inevitable failure before she inevitably fails.

    November 2, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Eric A

    I worked for a company that always use to send email to vote republican. That never made the news!

    November 2, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Wait until the Tea Party finds out the GOP is putting it under the bus..

    November 2, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    They're all Hispanic and won't vote for Angle any way so she makes excuses but hate speeches don't lie so stop complaining and "man up".

    November 2, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Scott

    Shannon, maybe you should stop whining about the tea party and go have yourself a glass of wine to ease yourself into the new reality that people don't want to buy what democrats are selling.

    November 2, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Adam

    Wait a second. Republicans and Tea Partiers are ridiculously pro-business. Hell, last year they were basically given the right to free speech. Why, then, does this Tea Partier have a problem with a corporation sending out a pro-Reid email? Hypocrite...

    November 2, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. dude1394

    When everyone in the media is overwhelmingly tends to make you go hmm....

    November 2, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Erik

    I laugh at all of you liberals calling tea partiers tea names. Your pathetic. Typical ignorant liberals think they know everything but really they know nothing.

    November 2, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. srichey

    I don't mind change, but where the hell they find this lady? Just because people are angry and want change doesn't mean they want complete whack jobs running things.

    November 2, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |