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United States Attorney Names District Election Officer To Handle Complaints Of Election Fraud And Abuse

October 16, 2012

United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III announced today that Assistant United States
Attorney (AUSA) Justin Bailey will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice
Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2012, general
elections. AUSA Bailey has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for
the Western District of Tennessee 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.

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

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,
United States Attorney Stanton stated that AUSA/DEO Bailey will be on duty in this District
while the polls are open, including during early voting beginning on October 17, 2012. He can be
reached by the public at the following telephone number: (901) 969-2920.

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 local FBI field office can be reached by the public at (901) 747-4300.

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.

U.S. Attorney Stanton said, “Free and fair elections depend in large part on the cooperation of
the American electorate. It is imperative that those who have specific information about
discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my office, the
FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”

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