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US Attorney Will Monitor Election Complaints

Oct. 30, 2012

Jared Maag, criminal chief for the U.S. Attorney's Office, and Leon Patton, assistant U.S. attorney, will be available to the public at (785) 295-2850 while the polls are open on Nov. 6.

Grissom encourages anyone with evidence of electoral corruption or voting rights abuses to call his office.

Grissom said he does not expect problems, but warned that there are federal criminal penalties for attempting to fraudulently influence the outcome of an election or for preventing another person from voting.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also will have special agents available to receive allegations of election fraud, intimidation, suppression and other election abuses. The FBI can be reached at (816) 512-8200.

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made to the Civil Rights Division's Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, or by email at voting.section@usdoj.gov. If voter intimidation or suppression tactics target voters on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin, call the Civil Rights Division's criminal section at (202) 514-3204.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office also will be monitoring election complaints. Any questions involving state or local issues may be referred to the state's elections division at (785) 296-4561 or the county election office, said Brad Bryant, election director for the Secretary of State's office.



Source: (c)2012 The Salina Journal (Salina, Kan.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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