Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 | 4 p.m.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Padda has been appointed to lead efforts in Nevada to prevent election fraud and voter rights abuses, U.S. Attorney Greg Brower of Nevada said today.
The Department of Justice established a ballot access and voting integrity initiative on Oct. 8 with the goals of preventing voter intimidation, suppression, discrimination and election fraud and to prosecute these offenses if they do occur.
The program is intended to ensure voter confidence in Tuesday's general election.
Brower and Padda will be on duty while the polls are open on Tuesday.
"Election fraud and voting rights abuses dilute the worth of votes honestly cast," Brower said. "They also corrupt the essence of our representative form of government. As crimes against both the individual and the government, they will be dealt with promptly and aggressively. Anyone who has information suggesting electoral corruption or voting rights abuses should immediately make that information available to my office, the FBI or the Civil Rights Division."
The public may reach the the attorneys general in Las Vegas at 388-6336 and also in Reno.
The FBI will also have special agents available in each field office to respond to allegations of election fraud, intimidation, suppression or other election abuses. The FBI can be reached by the public at 385-1281.
Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made direct to the Civil Rights Division's Voting Section in Washington, D.C. At (800) 253-3931 or (202) 307-2767.
Where voter intimidation or suppression tactics target voters on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin, please contact the Civil Rights Division's Criminal Section at (202) 514-3204.