U. S. Attorney's Office To Participate In Eelection Day Program Ballot Access and Voting Integrity are Goals
Greensboro, NC – United States Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner announced today that Robert M. Hamilton, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of North Carolina, will lead the efforts of her office in the connection with Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 4, 2008 general elections. AUSA Hamilton has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Middle District of North Carolina, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters.
On October 8, 2002, then-Attorney General Ashcroft established a Department-wide Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative. The goals of this Initiative are to increase the Department’s ability to deter voter intimidation, suppression, discrimination and election fraud and to prosecute these offenses whenever and wherever they occur - to make voting easier and cheating harder. Both goals are equally important. It is imperative that in pursuing voter integrity, ballot access is not in any way diminished or harmed. The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers the goals of the Initiative. The Program also is intended to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department where the public can report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day. The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it, while those who seek to corrupt it are brought to justice.
In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 4, 2008, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, AUSA Anna Mills Wagoner stated that Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Hamilton and First Assistant United States Attorney John W. Stone, Jr., will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. They can be reached by the public at the following telephone numbers: (336) 333-5351 and (336) 332-6314.
The FBI will also have Special Agents available in each field office and resident agency in this District to receive allegations of election fraud, intimidation, suppression and other election abuses. The FBI can be reached by the public at (336) 855-7770.
Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767. Where voter intimidation or suppression tactics target voters on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin, please contact the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section at (202) 514-3204.
United States Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner said, “Election fraud and voting rights abuses dilute the worth of votes honestly cast. They also corrupt the essence of our representative form of government. As crimes against both the individual and the government, they will be dealt with promptly and aggressively. Anyone who has information suggesting electoral corruption or voting rights abuses should make that information available immediately to my Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”
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