Prosecutor to lead efforts to monitor elections in Detroit, Hamtramck

Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Thompson will focus on protecting against discrimination

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DETROIT - A federal prosecutor will lead efforts to monitor elections in Detroit and Hamtramck to protect against discrimination.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement Tuesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Thompson has been appointed to serve as District Election Officer for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The Justice Department earlier said it would monitor Tuesday's elections in the cities to protect against discrimination "on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group."

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

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McQuade says Justice Department personnel also will monitor survey polling sites in Flint to ensure compliance with a settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure access for all voters, including those with disabilities.

Thompson will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. She can be reached by the public at the following telephone number: 313-226-9770.

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931.

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