Every citizen must be allowed to vote without interference or discrimination and to have their votes counted in fair and free elections. Likewise, election officials and staff must be able to perform their vital functions without being subjected to unlawful threats of violence. “The Department of Justice will stand up and protect the integrity of the electoral process,” said US Attorney General Rollins.
The Department of Justice plays an important role in deterring and combating discrimination and intimidation at polling stations, threats of violence directed at election officials and polling officials, and election fraud. The department will address these violations wherever they occur. The Department’s Long-Term Election Day Program furthers these goals and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the electoral process by providing local contact points within the Department for the public to report potential federal election law violations.
Federal law protects against offenses such as threatening violence against election officials or election officials, intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote counts, stuffing ballot boxes, or marking voters against their wishes or without their input. The law also contains special protections for the rights of voters, and states that they can vote without interference or intimidation and any other actions intended to prevent or discourage people from voting or voting for a candidate of their choice. Voting Rights Act protects the right of voters to have their ballot papers corrected or to be assisted by a person of their choice (where voters need assistance because of a disability or inability to read or write in English).
Voting is the bedrock of American democracy. “We must all ensure that those who are entitled to vote can exercise that right if they choose, and that those who seek to subvert the voting process are held accountable,” US Attorney General Rollins said. In order to respond to complaints about voting rights and election fraud during the upcoming elections, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, AUSA Carris will be on duty in this area while the polls open. The public can reach her at the following phone number: 617-748-3363.
In addition, the FBI will have agents in every field office and resident agency across the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day. The local FBI field office can be reached by the public at 857-386-2000.
Complaints about potential violations of federal voting rights laws can be submitted directly to the Washington, D.C. Department of Civil Rights by phone at 800-253-3931 or via the complaint form at https://civilrights.justice.gov/ .
“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the assistance of American voters. If you have specific information about a voting rights concerns or election fraud, please contact any of us at the Department of Justice,” US Attorney Rollins said.
Please note that if you commit a crime of violence or intimidation, please call 911 immediately and before contacting federal authorities. State and local police have primary jurisdiction over polling places, and always have the ability to react faster in emergency situations.