— Bell campaign is turning to voter intimidation and suppression tactics in the last week —
House of Delegates Candidate Subba Kolla issued the following statement:
“My campaign is the first for an Indian American in Virginia and while I knew it would be difficult and groundbreaking, I had hoped it wouldn’t come to this. It is sad, disappointing and unacceptable that the Bell campaign and the Loudoun County Democrats are trying so hard to disparage and suppress the Indian American community from voting. This is simple voter intimidation of the Indian American community.
To highlight the voter intimidation by the Bell campaign, on the evening of Monday October 30 one of my volunteers is signing a sworn affidavit that Bell’s campaign volunteer approached his vehicle and took down his license plate. When asked why, the Bell volunteer refused to provide an answer and walked away with the license plate information. This is aggressive and intimidating behavior.
Additionally, over this past weekend, Loudoun Democrats and the Bell campaign repeatedly disparaged and sought to squelch Indian American turnout.
We will persevere through this intimidation and spurious efforts by the Bell campaign. We have one week to go and Indian Americans and all the people of the 87th District will continue to vote early absentee and will stream to the polls to support us on November 7.”
1) The Chairwoman of the local Democratic Party, Liz Carter said ‘380 people from the Indian community are not going out of the country next Tuesday’.
Response: Of course there are multiple reasons to vote early: being a student, work commitments, travel within the United States or religious obligations. How stereotypical for Ms. Carter to assume we’d just be ‘out of the country’. Early absentee voting is a legitimate way to vote in Virginia and Ms. Carter is clearly trying to stop busy Indian Americans from coming to the polls, especially in Dulles South.
2) Delegate John Bell’s wife made offensive comments about the Indian American community, suggesting that there are strong-arm tactics involved in Indian Americans voting for Subba Kolla.
Response: I was very upset when I saw that even Mrs. Bell has become involved. My campaign has energized people all across the 87th District who want a Delegate who can pass bills on transportation, education and jobs. The Indian American community is especially energized to have one of their own running and to suggest that there is anything unseemly about this is offensive to my minority community.
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