Multijurisdictional Task Force Will Target Election Fraud, Intimidation and Other 2010 Election-Related Violations
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Contact: Pam duPré
(Las Vegas, NV, May 5, 2010) – Anticipating high voter interest and national attention in several high-profile races in Nevada, members of the Election Integrity Task Force said today they again stand ready to investigate any complaints regarding questionable voter registration practices and potential voter fraud at the polls in the 2010 elections.
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, United States Attorney Daniel Bogden, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Kevin Favreau said at a press conference today that the collaborative effort created to help ensure a fair election two years ago will continue through the June 8 primary election and the November 2 general election.
“This task force will be on alert for the primary and general elections, ready to address any type of fraud or intimidation in any part of the registration or voting process,” said Secretary of State Miller, Chief Elections Officer for Nevada. “We’re constantly reminding Nevadans that every vote counts, and part of making sure every vote counts is ensuring the integrity of the system.”
"Voting is a fundamental right of all U.S. citizens,” said Attorney General Masto. “Nevadans should be assured that they will be free to exercise their right without fear of fraud or intimidation. This task force will help ensure the integrity of the voting process."
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will work in consultation with the U.S. Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section to oversee the handling of any complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in Nevada,” said U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden. “We are pleased to again be a part of this effort to ensure the 2010 election is administered fairly.”
“The voting public must have confidence in its electoral process if we’re to maintain true democracy in America,” said FBI Special Agent in-Charge Kevin Favreau. “This task force is committed to diligently investigating any intentional effort to violate federal elections laws and undermine the confidence of voters.”
Complaints received in recent elections include citizens being registered to vote by individuals who are paid per application, multiple registration applications with seemingly identical handwriting being turned in to local election officials, and electioneering at polling places. It is illegal for registration drive organizers to base compensation on the number of completed applications. The Task Force will also be watching for registration applications being discarded when the potential voters don’t match the profile desired by the group conducting the registration drive.
“The best way to ensure that your voter registration is up to date is to visit My Voter File in the Election Center at www.nvsos.gov,” Miller said. “If you register to vote with a person or an organization conducting a registration drive, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the application ultimately makes it to the county registrar. The best way to make sure that happens is to personally deliver it or mail it to the registrar, rather than leaving it to some outside group or third party.”
For information on how to report any suspicious activity related to the 2010 elections, click on the Election Center tab and then the Nevada Election Integrity Task Force badge at www.nvsos.gov.