Federal agents to check on election irregularities

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Federal prosecutors and FBI agents will be on duty on Election Day to field complaints of voter intimidation, bribery, vote buying and related crimes, U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced Thursday.

The U.S. attorney's office has set up a hotline at 412-894-7516. Mr. Hickton has appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaun Sweeney as Western Pennsylvania's district election officer.

FBI agents can be reached on Tuesday at 412-432-4000, and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Voting Section in Washington can be reached at 1-800-253-3931 or 1-202-307-2767 or online, the office announced.

"The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process," Mr. Hickton said in a news release, which indicated that enforcement of voter rights is a long-standing role of the Department of Justice.



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