State officials to be on hand to address voting problems

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Gazette staff
Thursday, October 30, 2014

MADISON—Lawyers from the Wisconsin Department of Justice and special agents from the state Division of Criminal Investigation will be at polling places Tuesday, including polls in Janesville.

The effort is “to assist local election officials and to ensure compliance with state laws governing elections,” according to a news release from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Teams will be assigned to some of the state's larger cities, including Janesville and Beloit, according to the news release.

Van Hollen said in the news release he does not expect problems at the polls.

The Department of Justice also has distributed resource materials to every district attorney's office.

Anyone who suspects an election-law violation is asked to contact local election authorities or law enforcement. Those with problems or complaints about voting can contact the Government Accountability Board at 1-866-Vote-WIS, or online at gab.wi.gov/complaints.

The U.S. Attorney's office and FBI are mounting a similar effort, as previously reported.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz will be on duty during voting hours to respond to complaints at 608-658-3743. The FBI field office can be reached at 608-833-4600.

Complaints about violations of federal voting rights 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 online complaint form at justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.

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