Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurie Kelly will lead efforts in a nationwide Justice Department Election Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.

The law 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).

Kelly has been appointed to serve as the Election Officer for the District of Nebraska, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote be counted,” Kelly said. “The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”

Kelly will be on duty while the polls are open.

Polling sites are open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Central Time zone, and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Mountain Time zone.

Kelly can be reached by the public at the following telephone number:  (402) 661-3700.