SAN JUAN – U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced Tuesday that the Chief Financial Fraud and Corruption Section, Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Seth Erbe, will lead his office’s efforts related to the Election Day of the Department of Justice at the national level for the general elections this coming November 3, 2020.
AUSA Erbe has been appointed to serve as the District Elections Officer (DEO) for the District of Puerto Rico. In that capacity, in this District, he will be responsible for overseeing the handling of voter fraud complaints and concerns about the rights of voters in consultation with the headquarters of the Department of Justice in Washington.
“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and that their vote is counted without being fraudulently stolen. The Justice Department will always act when due to protect the integrity of the electoral process, ”Muldrow said in a written communication.
The Department of Justice plays an important role in preventing voter fraud and discrimination at the polls and in combating these offenses whenever and wherever they occur. The traditional Election Day Program furthers these goals and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process by providing local points of contact within the Department for the public to report potential electoral fraud and violations of the rights of voters. voters while polling stations are open on Election Day.
Federal law protects against crimes such as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote counts, filling the polls, and marking voters’ ballots against their will or regardless. Your opinion. There are also special protections for the rights of voters and establishes that they can vote free of acts that intimidate or harass them.
For example, people who act with the intent to interrupt or intimidate voters in polling stations by questioning or challenging them, or by taking photos or videos, under the pretext that they are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal law. voting rights. In addition, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choosing (when voters need help due to disability or illiteracy).
Suffrage is the foundation of American democracy. We must all ensure that those who have the right to vote can exercise it if they choose and that those who seek to corrupt it face justice. To respond to complaints of voter fraud or concerns about the rights of voters during the voting period ending November 3, 2020, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the proper authorities, US Attorney Muldrow stated that AUSA / DEO Erbe will be on duty in this District while the colleges are open. The public can reach him at the following phone numbers 787-340-1795 or 787-340-1890.
In addition, the FBI will have special agents available at every local office and resident agency across the country to receive complaints of voter fraud and other electoral abuse on Election Day. The public can contact the local FBI office by calling 787-754-6000 or 787-987-6500.
Complaints about possible violations of federal voting rights laws can be submitted directly to the Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC, by phone at (800) 253-3931 or through the complaint form at https: //civilrights.justice .gov /.
In the event of a crime of violence or intimidation, call 911 immediately and before contacting federal authorities. State and local police have primary jurisdiction over polling stations and almost always have the ability to react more quickly to an emergency.
US Attorney Muldrow stated that “ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate. “It is imperative that those who have specific information on voter discrimination or fraud report it to my office, the FBI or the Division of Civil Rights.”
The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.