Groups work to prevent election fraud

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A staggering 93,000 people have already filled out their ballots during early voting in Shelby County, Election Commissioners said Wednesday.

With so many people voting, officials are working hard prevent voter fraud.  Wednesday, Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons, who is heading up the Shelby County Voter Fraud Task Force, said he is ready to hear any complaints.

"The Election Commission will screen them," he said. "If they feel there's a possible violation of state law, they will contact us."
Gibbons is not alone.  A team of attorneys called the "Election Protection Coalition" has launched a voting rights campaign.

"A voter may need to get to the polls, and their name may not appear in the roll of registrants," campaign organizer Valerie Johnson said. "The polls may not open at seven o'clock when the polls are supposed to open.  The polls close at seven.  If you're in line at seven, you need to stay and vote."

Not only will the Election Protection Coalition have attorneys at the command center taking calls, most of they volunteers will be at the polls so if voters have questions, they'll give you answers.

"One reason that we put the task force in place is hopefully to serve as a deterrent for anyone who might be thinking about any illegal activities," Gibbons said.

And with tensions high, the DA says he'll need more eyes watching - including yours.

So far, Gibbons said, his office has investigated once incident during early voting, where a precinct had a car jammed in a machine.  Poll workers there questioned if it had been tampered with.

Gibbons said it turned out not to be a serious matter.

For more information on the Election Protection Coalition, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

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