FBI ready to respond to Election Day crimes

2016-10-25 21:18
Senator Sherrod Brown casts his vote in Cleveland ahead of the November 8 presidential election. (David Dermer, AP)

Senator Sherrod Brown casts his vote in Cleveland ahead of the November 8 presidential election. (David Dermer, AP)

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Washington - The Justice Department and the FBI say they will have officials ready on Election Day to respond to potential crimes.

Justice Department officials will be monitoring conduct at certain polling places, and lawyers will be available to handle complaints regarding voter intimidation, discrimination and fraud such as vote-buying.

The FBI will also have a command centre to monitor potential security threats related to the election. US intelligence officials have warned of Russian efforts to use hacking to interfere with the election process.

The Justice Department has already warned that it will have fewer observers at the polls than in 2012 because of a Supreme Court opinion that gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

The exact number of observers will not be revealed until closer to Election Day.

Meanwhile, about 1.6 million Floridians have already voted in this year's crucial election.

New numbers released on Tuesday by the state Division of Elections show nearly 300 000 voters went to early voting sites on Monday, the first day it was offered in 50 counties. Another 1.3 million voters have mailed in ballots.

Florida is a battleground state and the start of early voting has prompted Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to sweep through the state.

So far Republicans have a slight edge in early voting. Numbers show more than 665 000 Republicans have cast ballots compared to more than 658 000 Democrats. Nearly 251 000 voters with no party affiliation have voted.
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