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FEDERAL OFFICERS ON DUTY FOR ELECTION DAY
Citizens Urged to Report Evidence of Fraud or Voting Rights Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2006

United States Attorney John McKay announced today that Arlen Storm, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington, will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 7, 2006 general elections. AUSA Storm has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Western 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.

On October 8, 2002, Attorney General Ashcroft established a Department-wide Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative. The goals of this 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 - to make voting easier and cheating harder. Both goals are equally important. It is imperative that in pursuing voter integrity, ballot access is not in any way diminished or harmed. The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers the goals of the Initiative. The Program also is intended to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department where the public can report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day. The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it, while 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 7, 2006, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, USA McKay stated that Assistant United States Attorney/DEO Storm will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. He can be reached by the public at the following telephone numbers: 253 428-3807 and 206 553-7970.

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 206 622-0460.

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.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, at (206) 553-4110.

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