U.S. Attorney's Office appoints election officer to respond to fraud complaints

Officer will respond to any complaints of fraud, voting rights abuse

Trish Mehaffey
Published: October 17 2012 | 10:35 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 2:07 am in
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Tvedt will lead the efforts in the district office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6 election, Acting U.S. Attorney Sean Berry announced Wednesday.

Tvedt will serve as the District Election Officer for the Northern District. He will be responsible for handling complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses.

"Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote properly counted," Berry said. "The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”

The department's Election Day Program furthers the goals of deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local contact for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day.

Federal law protects against such crimes as 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. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they 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. Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.

Tvedt will be on duty in this district while the polls are open in order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses. He can be contacted at (319) 731-4020.

In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation 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 contacted at (319) 366-2461.

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767.

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