The Department of Justice remains vigilant in detecting, investigating, and pursuing violations of federal civil and criminal laws related to voting.
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Guidance to States on Election Integrity & Protecting Election Records & Voters
The Justice Department has issued guidance documents to ensure states fully comply with federal laws regarding elections, specifically federal statutes affecting methods of voting and federal constraints related to post-election “audits.”
“Guidance Concerning Federal Statutes Affecting Methods of Voting,” provides guidance regarding federal statutes the Department enforces related to voting by mail, absentee voting, and voting in person.
“Federal Law Constraints on Post-Election Audits,” provides information on the requirements federal law imposes on state and local governments and election officials to preserve and retain election records and the criminal penalties associated with the willful failure to comply with those requirements. This guidance document also details the statutes that prohibit the intimidation of voters and the department’s commitment to act if any person engages in actions that violate the law.
“Guidance under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S. C. 10301, for redistricting and methods of electing government bodies,” discusses how the department will conduct its review of these redistricting plans and methods of electing governmental bodies to evaluate compliance with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The guidance document also describes how the department applies well-established case law while investigating and bringing enforcement actions under Section 2.
Combating Threats Against Election Workers
The Department of Justice has launched a law enforcement task force to address the rise in threats against election workers, administrators, officials, and others associated with the electoral process.
The Department of Justice needs the public’s assistance in remaining vigilant and reporting suspected threats or acts of violence against election workers. To report suspected threats or violent acts, contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324). You also may file an online complaint at: tips.fbi.gov. Complaints submitted will be reviewed by the task force and referred for investigation or response accordingly. If someone is in imminent danger or risk of harm, contact 911 or your local police immediately.