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Raffensperger says Fulton County among election offices across US receiving fentanyl-tinged letter

One of the letters sent to Washington state election offices indicated the intent was to "stop the election."

Published: November 10, 2023 8:20am

Updated: November 10, 2023 3:47pm

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says the election office in Fulton County is among those across the U.S. that have received a suspicious letter – including some laced with fentanyl.

"Domestic terrorists will not trample on our right to free and fair elections," Raffensperger said Thursday about the letter reportedly intercepted by officials before it arrived at the office.

In 2020, then-President Trump lost reelection in large part because he narrowly lost Georgia on Election Day. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has since brought a case against Trump and 18 co-defendants alleged they tried to subvert the state's election results. 

The FBI and U.S. Postal Service are investigating the series of suspicious letters recently sent to election offices in California, Georgia, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington, according to NBC News.

Several counties in Washington received letters containing “unknown powdery substances,” according to a statement Thursday from Secretary of State Steve Hobbs.

“These incidents are acts of terrorism to threaten our elections,” Hobbs said.

ABC News reports that a letter sent to Spokane County election offices contained fentanyl, while another sent to Pierce County contained baking soda along with a message stating the intent was to “stop the election.”

An unknown substance was also sent to the Texas Attorney General office, and initial tests came back negative, according to ABC News.