United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen has announced that Assistant United States Matthew Miller has been appointed as the District Election Officer for the Western District of Virginia.
AUSA Miller will lead efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming mid-term election on November 6.
He will be responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.
U.S. Attorney Cullen said Miller and the FBI “will be standing by in the coming days to respond to any credible complaints of unlawful activity.”
- Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.
- It also contains special protections for the rights of voters, and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting, may violate federal voting rights law.
- Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice (where voters need assistance because of disability or illiteracy).