U.S. Attorney Announces Election Day Initiative
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 26, 2010|
United States Attorney David J. Hale announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky will actively participate in the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 2, 2010, general elections.
United States Attorney Hale stated: “Every voter must be able to cast a ballot without interference or discrimination, and the election process must not be compromised by fraudulent conduct. The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”
The Department’s longstanding Election Day Program seeks to deter election fraud and discrimination and ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process. The program provides local points of contact for the public to quickly report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open.
Hale further stated: “The effectiveness of our Election Day Program depends in large part on the watchfulness and cooperation of voters. It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”
In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 2, 2010, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Tom Dyke will serve as the District Election Officer for the Western District of Kentucky, and will, in conjunction with the Justice Department, be responsible for handling complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses. AUSA Dyke will be on duty in this district while the polls are open. He can be reached by the public at (502) 625-7042.
In addition, the FBI will have special 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. In Kentucky, the FBI can be reached by the public at (502) 240-5944.
Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination may also be made directly to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Voting Rights Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767.