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Attorneys prepare to protect Nov. 2 election

Monday, November 1, 2004

Iowa's two U.S. attorneys said Thursday they are preparing to respond to any complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses during the Nov. 2 election.

The effort is part of the Justice Department's Election Day Program to deter election fraud and discrimination at the polls.

"It is imperative that those who have been asked to participate in questionable election practices, or who have observed or have specific information regarding electoral corruption, make that information available immediately to the United States Attorney's Office or the FBI," said U.S. Attorney Charles Larson Sr., of the Northern District of Iowa.

Larson and U.S. Attorney Charles Whitaker, of the Southern District of Iowa, have appointed four assistant U.S. attorneys to oversee the handling of any complaints.

Most forms of election crime are easily recognized, such as voter bribery, voter intimidation and ballot forgery, according to Larson and Whitaker. But other forms are less obvious, such as seeking to control the voting decisions of elderly people.

"We're going to have people on staff that day and into the night and beyond that, for anyone who believes voter fraud or election discrimination has occurred," Whitaker said.

Anyone with information suggesting electoral corruption or voting rights abuses should contact the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI or the Civil Rights Division.

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