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Vote suppression alleged in Maryland election fraud

BALTIMORE, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Maryland prosecutors in an election fraud case have introduced campaign documents suggesting a plan to suppress African-American votes.

The documents were introduced as prosecutors rested their case Wednesday against Paul Schurick, campaign manager for former Republican Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on two counts of conspiracy and one count each of election fraud and obstruction of justice, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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Similar charges have been filed against political consultant Julius Henson, whose company, Universal Elections Inc., was involved in the November 2010 gubernatorial election.

Notes from Henson employee Rhonda Russell two months before the election contain the phrase "suppress turnout in black communities," prosecutors said, while introducing another document, prepared by Henson and recovered from Ehrlich campaign computers, proposing a strategy for papering black communities with the message "Don't vote."

Schurick and Henson are also accused of planning an election-night "robocall" to Democratic voters telling them to "relax" and claiming their candidate for governor, Martin O'Malley, had been "successful" in that day's election.

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