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John Hollenhorst reportingDemocrats blasted a last-minute campaign tactic by a Republican House candidate. They say it's so outrageous it may constitute a federal crime.
Even the Republican party disowned their candidate's move. He filed a legal action, challenging the right to vote of nearly every registered Democrat in his district.
Republican Brice Derek Carsno's signs are visible all over the 37th legislative district in the Holladay area.
His opponent is two-term Democrat Carol Spackman Moss.
Carson filed a legal challenge against nearly 1500 registered voters, virtually all Democrats. Carsno questioned whether they live somewhere other than the district they registered in.
The county clerk's ofice spot-checked the list and found that all those checked are properly registered.
Democrats called a news conference to denounce the tactic and said it may constitute illegal intimidation.
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, (D) Holladay: "To disenfranchise more than 1500 voters in my district."
Donald Dunn, Democratic State Chairman: "And if in fact an individual is trying to disenfranchise voters and try to discourage them from showing up to the polls, it's a crime."
The Republican state director would not defend Carsno's legal challenge.
Spencer Jenkins, Exec. Dir, Republican Party: "I think it was the candidate acting on his own. Any sort of voter intimidation or threats to voters are not tolerated. The party certainly would not want any of that to happen and would take any measures to stop it."
Carsno himself did not return our phone call or answer his door. His opponent says he moved here two years ago from Florida and she accused him of importing hardball election tactics to Utah.
The County Clerk has contacted the U.S. Department of Justice about Carsno's pre-election maneuver.