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The Today File

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October 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

U.S. Attorney’s Office appoints Election Day watchdog

Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes has appointed a long-time federal prosecutor to oversee and investigate complaints of Election Day fraud.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Arlen Storm has been appointed to the Western District of Washington’s Election Office and will be responsible for handling complaints of fraud or voter-rights abuses in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and know that their vote will be counted without the corrosion of fraud,” Hayes said in a news release. She promised the DOJ will “act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”

Storm will be on duty Election Day and can be reached at 206-553-7970 or 253-428-3800.

His appointment is part of a long-standing DOJ program intended to deter election fraud or voter intimidation and discrimination.

Federal law prohibits intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.

Storm will have FBI agents on hand to investigation alleged violation sof voter rights and election law.

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting-rights laws can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington D.C. at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov or by complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.

“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate,” Hayes said. “It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”

 

 

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