FBI talks to Ralls clerk about social media attacks

Ralls County Courthouse
Forrest Gossett
Special to The Courier-Post
Posted: Jul. 30, 2020 9:01 am

NEW LONDON, Mo. | The FBI has contacted the Ralls County clerk after she was attacked on social media in the run-up to the Aug. 4, Primary Election.

Ralls County Clerk Sandy Lanier, who is the county's election authority, said recently that her office was under attack and that her staff was being intimidated. In an interview about a Facebook post, Lanier said that employees in her office had been contacted by people she declined to identify, who asked questions about Lanier's personal life and her family.

Lanier said that she called the Missouri Ethics Commission, the Missouri Secretary of State and the FBI to report her concerns about pressure on her office.

“Contact was made with employees in my office and my family, asking personal questions about my life and slandering me in an effort to persuade the upcoming Aug. 4, 2020, election,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “These are negative campaign ethics. Please understand that these kind of attacks will not be tolerated. As the Election Authority for Ralls County, I took an oath for this office and will stand behind this oath.”

Lanier told the Salt River Journal that she has talked with the FBI and expects to have more conversations.

Although Lanier said she knew specific names of people she alleged are involved in the actions, she declined to identify anyone because of her conversations with law enforcement.

“My office is taking additional measures to make sure this election is run in a professional manner with extra security,” she said.

Lanier has received several comments of support from the community.

“Good for you Sandy,” wrote one person on Lanier's Facebook page. “The whole country needs to start standing up to these idiots. They're trying to destroy us from within. Time for people to make a strong stand.”






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