U.S. Attorney, FBI prepared for election related complaints

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) –  United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha has appointed Assistant United States Attorney Terrence P. Donnelly to serve as the District Election Officer for Rhode Island for the general election on November 8th.

AUSA Donnelly is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Federal law protects against crimes such as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.

It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote without being intimidated or harassed.

Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.

In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 8th, AUSA Donnelly will be on duty in this District while the polls are open.

He can be reached by the public at (401) 709-5068.

The FBI will have also special agents available in each field office throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day.

the local FBI field office can be reached at (401) 272-8310.

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, DC by phone at 1-800-253-3931.