Oct 30, 2010
WASHINGTON — As if this election season weren’t already tense enough, fears about voter fraud — and some of the steps that are being taken to combat it — have created more worries.
With control of Congress in the balance, both political parties are gearing up for a possibly wild and woolly Election Day around the country.
“Legal war rooms,” roving teams of lawyers, hot lines and poll challengers are all part of the strategy that Democrats and Republicans will employ Tuesday to handle suspected fraud or to help voters whose right to vote is questioned.
The issue is also on the Justice Department’s radar. It will post federal monitors at selected polling places around the country, and prosecutors, civil rights attorneys and the FBI will be tasked with handling election-related complaints that day. A special toll-free number — 1-800-253-3931 — will be available for complaints about ballot access.