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Close eye on polls to cut down on voter fraud in VA

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The U.S. Attorney's Office appointed an election officer for Central Virginia to respond to any complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuse.

"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... Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice," the office said.

Non-governmental organizations are also keeping a close eye on the polls in Virginia.

"We have some targeted precincts. We're going to dispatch poll monitors just to make sure everything is going smoothly," says Kirk Jones with the A. Philip Randolph Institute. The institute's Election Protection Coalition in Richmond is a non-partisan group that will monitor polls Tuesday, making sure there are no problems.

"We had the famous situation in the presidential primary in 2008 when they were running out of ballots at several precincts in Chesterfield County. There was a precinct in Henrico where they came dangerously close," Jones added.

It's why he will be hard at work until the very end on Election Day.

"It's a right that people have died to earn for us and we want everyone to exercise that right to vote," he said.

Many groups are organizing free rides to the polls Tuesday, including Radio One. To arrange pick-up in Richmond, you can call 501-0415 or for pick up in Petersburg, call 862-2922.

If you're not sure where your polling location is, you can text your address to 877877 and you'll receive an immediate alert with your polling precinct.

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