Wyoming U.S. Attorney Appoints Election Fraud Monitor
The Wyoming U.S. Attorney has appointed an attorney to monitor complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in Wyoming during the general election on Nov. 8, according to a news release Monday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Sprecher will serve as the district's elections officer and will work with the U.S. Department of Justice's nationwide elections monitoring, Wyoming U.S. Attorney Christopher Crofts said.
"Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud," Crofts said. "The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”
The Department of Justice's longstanding Election Day Program also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day, Crofts said.
Federal law protects against such crimes 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.
The Justice Department also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day.
It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law.
Federal law also protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.
“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate," Crofts said. "It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”
Sprecher will be on duty on Nov. 8 while the polls are open. She can be reached by the public at (307) 261-5542.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day. The local FBI field office can be reached at (303) 630-6916.
Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws also can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, D.C., by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email, or by complaint form.