Patrick Fitzgerald press release, Election day monitoring, US Attorney’s Office, Citizen Wells open thread, October 23, 2010
Patrick Fitzgerald press release, Election day monitoring, US Attorney’s Office
Why did Patrick Fitzgerald release the following statement from the US Attorney’s Office on January 25, 2010?
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2010 Randall Samborn 312-353-5318
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO CONDUCT ELECTION DAY MONITORING ELECTION DAY HOTLINE: (312) 469-6157
CHICAGO — The U.S. Attorney’s Office will monitor the primary election in Chicago and surrounding suburbs on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced today. As part of the monitoring effort, the office will operate a hotline for candidates or the public to call to report any complaints relating to voting. In addition, Assistant U.S. Attorneys will be available to respond to complaints as needed.
The hotline number, staffed on Election Day only, is
(312) 469-6157. “This office has a long tradition of monitoring the polls on Election Day to help protect the integrity of the voting process,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “No one who is entitled to vote should in any way be inhibited from doing so while, at the same time, no one not entitled to vote should corrupt the election.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heinze coordinates the office’s election monitoring efforts and subsequent investigations, if any. The Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service will assist in this effort by following-up, if necessary, on any election fraud complaints.
Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767. Violations of federal voting rights statutes carry penalties ranging from 1 to 10 years imprisonment and fines up to $250,000.”
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