Election Day fraud, rights violation hotline and reporting

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Federal officials provide contact information for voters wishing to report election fraud, intimidation and rights violations.

United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced the establishment of an Election Day hotline in coordination with the U.S. Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day program for the general election on November 3, 2020.

To report federal election fraud, intimidation, or suppression contact the United States Attorney’s Office Election Day Hotline:

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:

The Department of Justice works to deter election fraud and discrimination at the polls. It’s long-standing Election Day Program looks to further these goals. It also looks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, 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 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.  Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.

“The voting franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy,” U.S. Attorney Murray said.  “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 about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”

In addition to the hotline, the FBI will have Special Agents available in each Field Office and Resident Agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day.

  • The local FBI field office can be reached by the public at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or online at https://www.tips.fbi.gov.

Please note, however, in the case of a crime of violence or intimidation, the DOJ says residents should call 911 immediately and before contacting federal authorities.  State and local police have primary jurisdiction over polling places, and almost always have faster reaction capacity in an emergency.

Federal Election Fact Sheet:

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