The attorney general is warning residents of the city of unauthorized election surveillance and voter intimidation this election season.
In an interview with News4, Attorney General Karl Racine said President Trump and his administration were trying to undermine confidence in the electoral process by claiming mail-in polls resulted in massive fraud.
Racine responded to threats from the government to order the military or even law enforcement to oversee the upcoming presidential election.
"We have law enforcement officers watching all of these ballots," President Trump said during a speech at the White House on Saturday.
"A number of federal laws prevent federal employees, law enforcement, and the military from using their official powers to disrupt an election," Racine said.
Last week, a supporter of Joe Biden said he was threatened by a Donald Trump supporter while he was casting his ballot in Northwest D.C.
Racine said such incidents will not be tolerated. He said he was sure that local law enforcement agencies will be prepared for riot if this should happen. And that hate groups and militias have no place in DC.
Racine said he has a team of lawyers ready to fight voter repression.
"We stand ready to go to court for appropriate remedial action if necessary," said Racine. "We certainly hope it isn't necessary, but we are prepared."
Election observers are allowed in the district, but they must identify themselves to the electoral board and adhere to strict rules that prevent voting disruptions, according to the attorney general.
"It is illegal to threaten, intimidate or coerce residents of the district who choose to vote by mail or in person," Racine said in an opinion on Friday.
"We urge residents of the district, more than ever, to be vigilant and report any form of unauthorized election surveillance or intimidation of voters to the Attorney General. "
If someone is threatening, intimidating, or coercing your voting rights, the Attorney General's office requests that you call (202) 442-9828 or email [email protected]