FBI warns voters about election crimes

The FBI is warning voters against election-related crimes, a standard warning ahead of all major elections, but this year the warrant has increased amid threats to local election workers.

Specifically, the FBI is warning voters against ballot and voter fraud, campaign finance violations and civil rights violations such as voter suppression and voter intimidation.

“Free and fair democratic elections are one of the founding pillars of the United States,” the FBI said in its November 2022 midterm election warning. “The FBI is committed to protecting every eligible citizen’s right to vote. Consistent with past practice, the FBI is committed to educating voters about federal election crimes and how to avoid them, and to report suspected violations to your local FBI. The field office is providing this information to encourage you to do so.”

Examples of federal election offenses include giving false information when registering to vote, voting more than once, buying votes, changing ballot marks, intentionally lying about the time or place of an election to deter people from voting, and voters. including threatening physical or financial harm. , the FBI noted. The FBI also warned voters about fraudulent political action committees that re-route money for personal gain.

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FILE: NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 28: A poll worker peels off a voting sticker during the June primary election at the Brooklyn Central Library on June 28, 2022 in New York, New York.

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The FBI encouraged voters to know when, where and how they would vote; Look for reliable information; Report suspected election-related offences; And do research before making a political donation.

Meanwhile, seven states Continue to watch for unusual levels of threats to election workers, senior FBI officials said at a briefing earlier this month. According to the agency, since June 2021, the FBI has received more than 1,000 suggestions related to threats to election workers. Roughly 11% of those tips have led to an FBI investigation.

Those states are Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin — all states where the 2020 election results were questioned, officials noted. President Biden won all those states. FBI officials discuss how to deal with these threats as state officials in 8,800 electoral districts prepare mid term election next month.

Last week, An Iowa man was arrested For threatening to “lynch” and “hang” election officials, a Maricopa County, Arizona, state election official announced that nearly a year after the 2020 election. Mark Rissi was arrested on Thursday for leaving a voicemail for an unidentified election official in which Rissi allegedly threatened the officer with lynchings, hanging and torches, according to the indictment filed against him.

— Andy Troy and Jeff Peggs contributed to this report

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