U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey Appoints Election Officer for the District of Arizona
PHOENIX, Ariz. - United States Attorney Michael Bailey announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Sean Lokey will lead the efforts of his office related to the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the general election on November 3.
As the District Election Officer (DEO) for Arizona, AUSA Lokey is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of election fraud complaints and voting rights concerns in consultation with the Justice Department in Washington, DC.
“The integrity of the voting process is vital to our democracy,” said United States Attorney Michael Bailey. “My office stands ready, alongside our law enforcement partners and the entire Department of Justice, to ensure that integrity is protected and preserved. It is imperative that citizens report any concerns promptly so that we can address them fully and effectively.”
The Justice Department 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 seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations.
Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. Actions designed to interrupt or intimidate a voter at a polling place by questioning, challenging, filming, or photographing the voter under the pretext of trying 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 if needed.
Voting is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to vote exercise that right if they choose, and that those who seek to corrupt the process are brought to justice.
AUSA Lokey will be on duty in Arizona on Election Day to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights concerns. AUSA Lokey can be reached by the public at the following telephone numbers: 602-514-7516 or 602-361-6516.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will also have 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 FBI in Arizona can be reached by phone at 623-466-1999 or online at https://tips.fbi.gov/.
Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC by phone at 800-253-3931 or by complaint form at https://civilrights.justice.gov/ .
In the case of a crime of violence or intimidation, call 911 immediately. State and local police have primary jurisdiction over polling places.
RELEASE NUMBER: 2020-087_District Election Officer
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