Feds ready to help with voting problems

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MADISON—The U.S. Attorney's office in Madison and the FBI will again focus on voting problems on Election Day.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz will be on duty during voting hours to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses and to ensure complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, according to a news release.

Jarosz can be reached at 608-658-3743.

The FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day.

The local FBI field office can be reached at 608-833-4600.

Complaints about possible violations of federal voting rights laws can 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 www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.

“Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input,” according to the news release.

Laws also provide that voters “can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting, may violate federal voting rights law,” the news release states.

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