Controversial 'get out and vote' flyer sent in Charlotte

Published: Oct. 28, 2014 at 3:02 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 at 4:02 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With one week left before Election Day, there's a scramble to get voters' attention and convince people to go to the polls. So how do you get people out to vote?

An organization sent out a flyer showing an African American kneeling down with hands up – and two police officers standing behind. The caption reads "This won't ever end. Until we vote."

The other side of the flyer says "On the streets of Ferguson, in a Wal-Mart in Ohio, and in too many other places across the country there is a painful lesson to be learned."

The flyer tells voters "when we don't vote, local police departments aren't accountable to the community."

"Definitely provokes a lot of emotion - that's for sure" and Charlotte resident Alise Salvetti said she's okay with the flyer. "Yeah I think so for the most part. I mean sometimes you kind of have to create emotion to get people to go out and act."

Kelle Pressley added "it's a scare tactic. If nothing else, it's a scare tactic to get out the vote. It's a powerful piece."

Rick Chefitz says he sees it differently. "It sends, I say, I think a very disturbing message."

WBTV tried to track down the organization that sent out the flyer, which said "paid for by The Voting Rights Project" and lists a Garner, NC address.

There is no listing for The Voting Rights Project in Garner, NC.

Online, The Voting Rights Project that's affiliated with an organization called, American Values First.

But a spokesperson told WBTV the group did not distribute the flyers in North Carolina.

The flyer doesn't mention any cases in North Carolina but tells voters they can stop racial profiling, harassment of law abiding citizens, and prevent the deaths of young people... by voting.

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