Reporting voting problems in Pittsburgh and in Pennsylvania
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There are several ways to make a formal complaint about violations of election laws and rules today.
The U.S. Attorney's office has set up a hotline at 412-894-7516 for reports of voting problems or fraud. U.S. Attorney David Hickton has appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaun Sweeney as Western Pennsylvania's district election officer.
FBI agents can be reached 412-432-4000, and the voting section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division can be reached at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767 or online.
Advocates at the Lawyers' Committee urge voters to call 1-866-Our-Vote (or for Spanish speakers 888-VE-Y-VOTA), which will be overseen in Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia good government group Committee of Seventy.
Pennsylvania counties each have elections courts operating today. Complaint forms should be available at polling places. Voters experiencing problems can also contact the Pennsylvania Department of State at 1-877-VOTES-PA (1-877-868-3772) or online.
In Allegheny County, the Elections Division has information here. If voters in the county have a problem that they believe needs to be addressed, there is a kind of chain of command that should be followed.
First, the individual should talk to the judge of elections at the specific polling place. If there is no remedy or satisfaction given, the person should then talk to a deputy constable, who may be at the poll. If that fails, the individual can call the county Department of Elections at 412-350-4500, and/or direct the complaint to Elections Court at 412-350-5463.
Also, please notify the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about irregularities by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "Voting Problems."
First Published November 6, 2012 10:57 am