Federal attorneys prepared for election fraud, voting rights considerations

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Federal attorneys ready for election fraud, voting rights concerns

Staff Reports, Pacific Daily News USA TODAY Network
Published 2:30 p.m. ChT Oct. 18, 2020

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Assistant U.S. attorneys to lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Justice Department’s Election Day Program for the Nov. 3 General Election. (Photo: Frank San Nicolas/PDN)

U.S. Attorney Shawn N. Anderson announces the assignment of assistant U.S. attorneys to lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the Nov. 3 General Election. 

Marivic P. David will serve as the district election officer for Guam. Eric S. O’Malley will serve as the district election officer for the Northern Mariana Islands.

They are responsible for overseeing the handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to a news release.

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“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud,” Anderson said. The Department of Justice will always act appropriately to protect the integrity of the election process.”

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. 

It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them, the release stated. Federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice where voters need assistance because of disability or illiteracy.

David and O’Malley will be on duty while the polls are open, including periods of early voting.  David can be reached at 479-4120 or 988-3260. O’Malley can be contacted at 236-2986.

In addition, the FBI will have special agents available to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day. The local FBI field office can be reached at 645-1805 or 322-6934.

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Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., calling 800-253-3931 or by complaint form at https://civilrights.justice.gov.

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