DOJ has point person for election irregularities

Press Release: Assistant United States Attorney Christopher P. Canova will lead the efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 4, 2014, general elections. AUSA Canova has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses, in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls. The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact for the public to report election violations while the polls are open on Election Day. This program deters election fraud and discrimination by increasing the Department’s ability to prosecute these offenses whenever and wherever they occur.

United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh said, “It is the mission of the Department of Justice to act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process. Discrimination, voter interference, and election fraud will not be tolerated. I encourage anyone with knowledge of voting abuses or election fraud to immediately contact my office, the FBI, or the Department of Justice, so that we may ensure an open and fair election process.

Federal law protects against such crimes as harassing, 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. Further, federal law protects the right of voters to be assisted by a person of their choice.

To respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 4, 2014, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, AUSA/District Election Officer Christopher P. Canova will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. He can be reached at (850) 942-8430.