U.S. Attorney Waldref ensures voter security ahead of the General Election

SPOKANE, Wash. — U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref is providing resources for Eastern Washington voters to report concerns about the upcoming General Election.

Waldref announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney George J.C. Jacobs, III was appointed to serve as the District Election Officer of Eastern Washington. Jacobs will handle complaints on voting rights concerns, threats of violence to election officials or staff, and election fraud.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted in a fair and free election,” Waldref said. “Similarly, election officials and staff must be able to serve without being subject to unlawful threats of violence. The Department of Justice will always work tirelessly to protect the integrity of the election process.”

The Department Of Justice plays a role in deterring intimidation, discrimination, threats of violence, and voter fraud at the polls. The DOJ’s Election Day Program will provide the public with ways to report possible federal election law violations.

“The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy,” Waldref said. “We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise can exercise it if they choose, and that those who seek to corrupt it are brought to justice. In order to respond to complaints of voting rights concerns and election fraud during the upcoming election, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, AUSA/DEO Jacobs will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. He can be reached by the public at the following telephone number: 509-353-2767.”

Federal law protects against crimes such as threatening violence against election officials, intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters.

If you have a complaint about a possible crime at your voting location, you can contact AUSA Jacobs at 509-353-2767, or the local FBI field office at 509-458-8100.

Complaints can also be made online to the Civil Rights Division here.

“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the assistance of the American electorate,” Waldref said. “It is important that those who have specific information about voting rights concerns or election fraud make that information available to the Department of Justice.”

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