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INTEGRITY OF NOVEMBER 2, 2010 ELECTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2010

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Assistant United States Attorney Greg Shogren will lead the efforts in his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 2, 2010 general elections. Mr. Shogren has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Eastern District of Washington, 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, D.C.

United States Attorney Michael Ormsby said, “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.”

The Department of Justice conducts a Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative. The goals of this ongoing Initiative are to increase the Department’s ability to deter election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and to prosecute these offenses 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. All 20 counties in the Eastern District of Washington conduct the election by mail, so there are no longer issues with polling place discrimination.

The vote is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to vote 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 and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, United States Attorney Michael Ormsby appointed Assistant United States Attorney/DEO Shogren to receive these complaints. He can be reached by the public at the following telephone number: 509-454-4425. In addition, the FBI will receive complaints of election fraud and other election abuses. The FBI can be reached by the public at 206-622-0460.

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, D.C. at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767.

United States Attorney Michael Ormsby said, “The effectiveness of our Election Day Program depends in large part on the watchfulness and 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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