Michael Gormley | Newsday | Sept. 21, 2023
ALBANY — The office of Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday issued a cease-and-desist letter to a group that voters accused of going door-to-door to “confront voters,” falsely claiming to be election workers and falsely accusing voters of felony election fraud.
The letter to Newburgh-based NY Citizens Audit Civil Fund ordered it to end any “voter deception and intimidation” or face state and federal charges. The letter was sent by the state attorney general’s office Voting Rights Section chief, Lindsay McKenzie.
“These allegations, if true, constitute unlawful voter deception,” McKenzie said the office “will use every tool at its disposal to protect New York voters.”
The group didn’t initially respond to a request for comment. A November 2022 news article by New York Now said the group’s founder, Marly Hornik, is an election denier who says Republican President Donald Trump won the 2020 election, which Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
On Sept. 1, the state Board of Elections issued a statewide warning that people were reported to be impersonating election officials in several counties, including Suffolk. Voters said the fake officials were going door-to-door accusing voters of committing a crime because of alleged discrepancies in their voter registrations. At least six other states reported similar contacts….