Department of Justice to monitor San Francisco
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
November 5, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - U.S. Department of Justice officials
will be on hand to monitor Election Day proceedings Tuesday in
San Francisco for complaints of election fraud and voting rights
abuses, U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan announced.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Li-Ming Wang will be in charge
of overseeing Northern California's district elections, according
"Election fraud and voting rights abuses dilute the worth
of votes honestly cast,'' Ryan said. "These abuses also corrupt
the essence of our representative form of government.
As crimes against both the individual and the government, they
will be dealt with promptly and aggressively. Anyone who has information
suggesting electoral corruption or voting rights abuses should
make that information available immediately to my office, the
FBI or the civil rights division,'' he said.
San Francisco Department of Elections Campaign Services Manager
Rachel Gosingfiao said the most common complaints voters have
is that polling places don't open on time, or that they are short
of poll workers.
Gosingfiao said the FBI may observe elections, but they are not
allowed to do anything that might obstruct the voting process.
The U.S. Department of Justice reported that on Oct. 8, a department-wide
ballot access and voting integrity initiative was established
to increase the Department of Justice's ability to deter election
fraud and discrimination at the polls and "to make voting
easier and cheating harder.''
Gosingfiao said certain polling places in San Francisco require
poll workers to be bilingual in order to serve San Francisco's
diverse population and that government officials try to visit
these polling places to ensure that bilingual poll workers are
The Department of Justice is encouraging voters to report Election
Day fraud by contacting Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Li-Ming
Wang at (415) 436-7200 or (415) 436 7072.
Voters may also contact the FBI at (415) 553-7400 and complaints
about ballot access problems or discrimination can be filled with
the Civil Rights Voting Section in Washington at (800) 253-3931
or (202) 307-2767.
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