County, federal officials ready to assist elections board

4:37 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said all areas of county government are prepared to help the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections tomorrow on Election Day.

The Sheriff's Department has deputies ready to be assigned as need be; the Information Technology Department has additional servers on stand-by; the Clerk of Courts will be holding extended hours on Election Day and the Public Works Department will be available to offer general assistance tomorrow to the Board of Elections.

Officials with the Department of Justice will be handling complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses on Election Day.

"Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud," said U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach, in a news release.

In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on election night, and to insure complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Rowland will be on duty in the Northern District of Ohio while the polls are open.

You can contact Rowland at (216) 622-3847 to report any concerns related to election fraud and voting rights abuse.

The FBI will also have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day. You can call them at the Cleveland office at (216) 522-1400.

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division's Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767.


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