United States Attorney's Office Establishes Election Day Hotline
CONCORD, N.H. –United States Attorney John P. Kacavas announces the establishment of an Election Day hotline in coordination with the U.S. Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day program for the general election on November 6, 2012.
United States Attorney Kacavas said, “The freedom to vote without interference, discrimination, or hindrance is one of the most fundamental civil rights enjoyed by United States citizens. However, the integrity of the election process depends on the vigilance of all who participate. Information about discrimination or election fraud should be reported immediately to my office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division. The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will act promptly and aggressively to ensure that those who seek to undermine the integrity of the election process are brought to justice.”
United States Attorney Kacavas has appointed Assistant United States Attorney Mark Zuckerman to serve as the District Election Officer for the District of New Hampshire 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 in Washington. He is also responsible for monitoring the Election Day hotline and the hotline number is (603) 715-6355.
The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur. The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these goals, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department 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.
The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it if they choose, and that 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 6, 2012, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, Assistant United States Attorney/DEO Zuckerman will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. He can be reached by the public at the following dedicated Election Day hotline: (603) 715-6355.
In addition, the FBI 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 FBI can be reached by the public at (603) 472-2224.
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.A Federal Election Fraud Fact Sheet that explains what triggers federal criminal jurisdiction in connection with elections and voting rights is posted on the United States Attorney’s website: www.usdoj.gov/usao/nh.