- In 2016 and 2018, there were reports of potential voter suppression through social media platforms, including false information about Election Day. For general elections, Election Day is always the first Tuesday after November 1.
- While there are some exceptions for military overseas using absentee ballots by email or fax, you cannot vote online or by text on Election Day. Any report or person that suggests otherwise is incorrect, and this may be an attempt to suppress your vote.
- You should also be aware of fraudulent political action committees, also known as Scam PACs, which ask for campaign contributions but never actually donate them.
- 09.30.2020 — Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks Could Hinder Access to Voting Information, Would Not Prevent Voting
- 09.28.2020 — False Claims of Hacked Voter Information Likely Intended to Cast Doubt on Legitimacy of U.S. Elections
- 09.24.2020 — FBI Warns Voters About Election Crimes Ahead of the November 2020 Election
- 09.24.2020 — Cyber Threats to Voting Processes Could Slow But Not Prevent Voting
- 09.22.2020 — Foreign Actors and Cybercriminals Likely to Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Election Results
While the examples below are not federal election crimes, states have their own election laws. If you are concerned about a possible violation of a state or local election law, contact your local law enforcement.
- Giving voters a ride to the polls or time off to vote
- Offering voters a stamp to mail an absentee ballot
- Making false claims about oneself or another candidate
- Forging or faking nominating petitions
- Campaigning too close to the polls