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press.release.election.2012.pdf

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 U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
 
United States Attorney Eastern District of New York Southern District of New York 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 5, 2012CONTACT:U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE,EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORKRobert Nardoza Ellen DavisPublic Information OfficerJennifer Queliz(718) 254-6323 Mary DelsenerPublic Information Officers(212) 637-2600Marisa SeifanDavid J. KennedyAssistant U.S. Attorney Assistant U.S. Attorney(718) 254-7000 (646) 369-4739
UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS AVAILABLETO RECEIVE ELECTION COMPLAINTS
PREET BHARARA and LORETTA LYNCH, the United StatesAttorneys for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York,respectively, announced today that special telephone numbers havebeen set up to receive complaints of possible violations of federalelection laws relating to the upcoming general elections in NewYork City and other counties in their districts.The United States Attorneys said that their Offices willbe available to receive complaints at the following numbers onTuesday, November 6, 2012:(212) 637-0840(for Manhattan, Bronx, Dutchess, Orange,Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchestercounties) and (718) 254-7000(for Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassauand Suffolk counties)
 
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In addition, complaints of possible violations of federalelection laws may be made directly to the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation at (212) 384-1000.A spokesperson for the United States Attorneys said thatthe enforcement of federal laws protecting the rights of alleligible persons to vote for the candidates of their choice is ahigh priority of the Department of Justice.It is unlawful under federal law to deny or abridgeanyone's right to vote because of race, color or national origin.Federal laws also require local election authorities to make votingaccessible to disabled and elderly voters. Voters who requireassistance because of blindness, disability or inability to readand write have the right to receive such assistance from a personof their own choosing. In counties with substantial numbers ofnon-English speaking voters, federal laws prohibit the denial orabridgement of a voter's ability to participate in the electionprocess in certain languages other than English (e.g., Spanish,Chinese, Korean).In addition, certain activities designed to subvert theintegrity of the election process are federal crimes. It is afederal crime, for example, to deprive citizens of their right tofair elections or to conspire to do so. Specific election lawsalso make it a crime to bribe or intimidate voters, to causeballots to be cast fraudulently in the names of individuals who didnot vote ("ballot stuffing"), to vote more than once, or to alteror falsely report the vote count. It can also be a federal offenseto challenge qualified voters without cause and in bad faith or toharass persons seeking to vote for the purpose of discouragingtheir vote.The spokesperson said that the ability of federal lawenforcement authorities to detect and eliminate improperrestrictions on voting rights and to prosecute election frauddepends to a large extent on the watchfulness and cooperation ofthe voters. It is therefore imperative that those who have beenasked to participate in illegal election practices, who have beenthe subject of such practices, who have observed such practices, orwho have information bearing on such practices, make thatinformation known promptly to the FBI or the United StatesAttorneys at the telephone numbers listed above.The United States Attorneys also noted that the followingadditional telephone numbers are available on election day forcitizens to call for routine inquiries, such as where to vote orhow late the polls are open, or to register complaints that mayconcern violations of New York State election laws:

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