News and Press Releases

November 2002 Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2002

Las Vegas, Nev. - United States Attorney Daniel G. Bogden and Ellen Knowlton, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today the appointment of Assistant United States Attorney Camille W. Damm to serve as District Election Officer for the District of Nevada.

This appointment was made pursuant to a nationwide Department of Justice Voting Integrity Initiative announced by Attorney General John Ashcroft in Washington, D.C. on October 8, 2002. The purpose of this nationwide federal law enforcement program, which the Department of Justice has implemented during national general elections since the late 1960's, is to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by strengthening and enhancing the Department of Justice's efforts to protect voting rights and to prosecute election crime throughout the country.

United States Attorney Daniel G. Bogden said, "Election fraud dilutes the worth of votes that have been honestly cast. It also corrupts the essence of our representative form of government. As a crime against both the individual and the government, it will be dealt with promptly and aggressively."

AUSA Damm will serve as District Election Officer for two years, and in that capacity will supervise the investigation and prosecution of election fraud matters in the District of Nevada and coordinate the District's efforts with Department of Justice prosecutors in Washington, D.C. As part of her responsibilities as District Election Officer, AUSA Damm will be supervising a team of Assistant United States Attorneys and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on election day, November 5, 2002, while the polls are open. These individuals will be on duty in the District on election day to receive complaints of election fraud. AUSA/DEO Damm and United States Attorney Bogden will be available and can be reached by the public through the United States Attorney's Office, Las Vegas at (702) 388-6336 or the United States Attorney's Office, Reno at (775) 784-5438. There is also a toll-free telephone number for the Las Vegas office, (800) 539-8002 and for the Reno office, the toll-free telephone number is (800) 303-5545.

The FBI also will have Special Agents available in each field office and resident agency in the District to respond to allegations of election fraud on election day. The FBI office can be reached by the public at: (702) 385-1281 in Las Vegas, Nevada and (775) 825-6600 in Reno, Nevada.

United States Attorney Bogden stated that some forms of election crime are easily recognized, such as voter bribery, voter intimidation, and ballot forgery. Other forms of election fraud are more subtle. It is, for example, a federal offense to seek out the elderly, the socially disadvantaged, or the illiterate for the purpose of subjugating their electoral will. Furthermore, every voter has the right to mark his or her ballot in private, free from the watchful eye of election partisans.

United States Attorney Bogden said, "The detection of election fraud depends in large part on the watchfulness and cooperation of the American electorate. It is imperative that those who have been asked to participate in questionable election practices, or who have observed or have specific information regarding electoral corruption, make that information available immediately to the United States Attorney's Office or to the FBI. The cooperation of this country's citizens in helping to protect the sanctity of the ballot box and the fairness of our election process is crucial. Such watchfulness and cooperation on behalf of concerned citizens is also greatly appreciated."

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