The U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas is planning to have a federal prosecutor on duty during Election Day (Nov. 4) to handle complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas is planning to have a federal prosecutor on duty during Election Day (Nov. 4) to handle complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said that Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton will be available to the public when polls open on Election Day.

“Anyone who has evidence of electoral corruption or voting rights abuses should call my office immediately,” Grissom said.

While he said that he did not anticipate any issues in the state during the voting, he said that there are criminal penalties under federal law for any efforts to “fraudulently influence the outcome of the election” or prevent a person from exercising their right to vote.

The efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas is part of a nationwide effort by the Justice Department. Grissom said that Patton 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 addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will also have agents available to receive complaints of election fraud, intimidation, suppression and other election violations.

Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs’ office also will be monitoring election complaints. Complaints can also be directed to the county election office, according to Brad Bryant, election director for the Kansas Secretary of State’s office.

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. Where voter intimidation or suppression tactics target voters on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin, please contact the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section at 202-514-3204.

Patton will be available at 913-551-6730. Contact to the FBI about possible election violations can be made at 816-512-8200 and the Secretary of State’s Election Division can be contacted at 785-296-4561.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140