Justice department to take complaints about election
MORGAN CITY, La. -- The U.S. Department of Justice for the Western District of Louisiana will be on the lookout for election fraud, interference or intimidation on Tuesday, announced U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley in a news release.
“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being because of fraud,” Finley said. “The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”
The Western District of Louisiana covers 42 parishes.
The department’s Election Day Program is aimed at deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, the release said. Federal law prohibits intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.
Federal law protects the rights of voters to mark their own ballot or be assisted by a person of their choice.
Assistant U.S. attorneys will be on duty in the district to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses while the polls are open. People who suspect any type of voter fraud or voter violation should contact an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana in Lafayette at 337-262-6618 or in Shreveport at 318-676-3600.
Anyone who sees voter fraud or other election abuses can also contact the FBI, which will have special agents in each field office. The public can reach the FBI field office in Lafayette at 337-233-2164 or in Shreveport at 318-864-2609.
Local residents can also make complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, D.C., by calling 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767.