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U.S. Attorney's Office District Election Officers Designated to Receive Complaints of Fraud or other voting rights abuses

October 29, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride announced today that he has designated prosecutors in Alexandria, Richmond and Norfolk to serve as District Election Officers (DEOs) for the upcoming Nov. 2, 2010, elections.

In consultation with the Criminal Division and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the DEOs will handle complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses on election day. 

The Department’s Criminal Division oversees the enforcement of federal laws that criminalize voter fraud and protect the integrity of the federal election process.  The Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and the Department’s 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are responsible for enforcing the federal criminal laws that prohibit various forms of election fraud, such as vote buying, multiple voting, submission of fraudulent ballots or registrations, destruction of ballots or registrations, voter intimidation, alteration of votes and malfeasance by election officials, as well as federal civil law prohibiting voter intimidation that does not involve discrimination or intimidation on grounds of race or color. 

The Department’s Civil Rights Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with the civil provisions of federal laws that protect the right to vote, and with criminal law prohibiting discriminatory interference with that right.

On Nov. 2, 2010, these offices will work together and with the FBI to ensure that complaints from the public involving possible voter fraud and other election-related abuses are handled appropriately and expeditiously. 


  1. Federal prosecutors within the Public Integrity Section, the DEOs in U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, FBI officials at headquarters in Washington, D.C., and special agents serving as Election Crime Coordinators in the FBI’s 56 field offices will be on duty while polls are open to receive complaints from the public and take appropriate action.


  1. Civil Rights Division staff will be available at special toll-free numbers to receive complaints related to ballot access (1-800-253-3931) (TTY line 1-877-267-8971).


  1. Voter fraud complaints may be directed to any of the local U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the local FBI offices, or the Public Integrity Section (202-514-1412).
  1. In addition, individuals can report complaints, problems, or concerns related to voting via the Internet.  Forms may be submitted through a link on the Department’s Web page:


  1. In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on Nov. 2, 2010, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, DEOs will be on duty in the Eastern District of Virginia while the polls are open.  They can be reached by the public at the following telephone numbers: 703-299-3700 (Northern Virginia), 804-819-5400 (Richmond), and 757-441-6331 (Norfolk).
  3.             The FBI will also have special agents available in each field office and resident agency in this District to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses.  The FBI can be reached by the public at their local field offices in Washington (202 278-2000), Richmond (804 261-1044), and Norfolk (757 455-0100).
            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at



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