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U.S. Attorneys available for Election Day complaints

November 4, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Voting booths are set up across the country on this Election Day. AP photo
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The United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York have set up special telephone numbers to receive complaints of possible violations of federal election laws relating to the upcoming general elections in New York City and other counties in their districts.

A spokesperson for the United States Attorneys said the enforcement of federal laws protecting the rights of all eligible persons to vote for the candidates of their choice is a high priority of the Department of Justice.

It is unlawful under federal law to deny anyone’s right to vote because of race, color or national origin. Federal laws also require local election authorities to make voting accessible to disabled and elderly voters.

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Voters who require assistance because of blindness, disability or inability to read and write have the right to receive such assistance from a person of their own choosing. Federal laws also prohibit the denial of a voter’s ability to participate in the election process in certain languages other than English (i.e., Spanish, Chinese, Korean).

In addition, it is a federal offense to challenge qualified voters without cause and in bad faith or to harass persons seeking to vote for the purpose of discouraging their vote.

For voting day complaints in Brooklyn: 718-254-7000

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Information provided by the United States Department of Justice

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