FBI investigates voter intimidation in Virginia

The FBI said Tuesday that it is looking into complaints that callers tried to intimidate or confuse Virginia voters in the hard-fought race between Republican George Allen and Democratic challenger Jim Webb. State Board of Elections Secretary Jean Jensen said her office had forwarded several reports to the FBI of voters receiving phone calls intended to discourage them from voting or directing them to the wrong polling place. "If something is going on that worries and alarms voters enough that I'm contacted to look into it, I have a responsibility to do that," Jensen said. The FBI is checking the reports, agent Stephen Kodak Jr. said. Voters in a half-dozen cities and counties across the state reported getting deceptive telephone calls in the days before the election informing them falsely that their voting places had changed, Jensen said.