U.S. Attorney Appoints Election Officer for Hawaii By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 327 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections
News Release from US Attorney for District of Hawaii, October 25, 2016
HONOLULU -- United States Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Michael Nammar will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8, 2016, general elections. AUSA Nammar has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the District of Hawaii, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.
United States Attorney Nakakuni said, "Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud. The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process."
The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur. The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these goals, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day.
Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law. Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.
The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it if they choose, and that those who seek to corrupt it are brought to justice. In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 8, 2016, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, United States Attorney Nakakuni stated that AUSA/DEO Nammar will be on duty in this District while the polls are open (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). He can be reached by the public at the following telephone number: (808) 541-2850.
In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day. The local FBI field office can be reached by the public at (808) 566-4300.
United States Attorney Nakakuni said, "Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate. It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division."
Here some members are teasing Ira. He's being a good sport.
His garden is an inspiration. I put odd items and crockery around my garden, too.
He can use kitsch effectively because he is so sure of his taste.
Our meeting was concerned mostly with re-organization and planning for the post-election period. We feel that this is the time to rethink, regroup, etc. in what we hope will be a less crisis-ridden atmosphere than right now.
*three different choices, all vegetarian, ample servings, $25.00, but that covered the meeting place and service. Some members bought items from his gift shop. I spotted a few things I may buy myself when we do our annual Christmas season visit to the Volcano Village art studios, when they offer deep discounts.
We voted yesterday. Hawaii has very tight voter laws, and they were being enforced. Not only did we have to show our driver's licenses: we also had to fill out a form that included our SS # and birthdate. We got a paper ballot. It was simple, and I knew who and what to vote for. When I voted in Oregon, all I had to do was show up and sign the register. Now it's all vote by mail in that state.
It's just nuts right now. If I started writing about what is going on I'd be sitting at my computer all day. But I've got to catch up to myself.
I'm working on a holiday art project, too. I love the morning light here.
Enlarge to see how the petals sparkle!
Fred still enjoys the holiday but says he's too old and tired to put on a costume this year. He has made a nest for himself at the bottom of the linen closet, and that is where he spends most of his time now.
I've been thinking this over. After going to the musical in downtown Hilo, walking back to the car, I saw that every doorway was occupied by people sleeping under bundles of rags.
I hope our new Mayor, Mr. Kim, can come up with some reasonable solutions to this catastrophe, because that is what it is. There was never a big homeless problem in Hilo before, not like this.
I hope, too, that the Clinton Administration will take on the burden of mitigating or ending homelessness. Hillary Clinton wants to found a public-private coalition to tackle the problem. I guess I favor that as long as the money goes to end homelessness and is not frittered away on useless studies and half hearted volunteerism and the usual suspects who are always trying to make money off the poor. Well, we have got to do something. I'm too old and tired to do much about it. I couldn't help to take care of people like this, with their multiple problems of addiction, abuse, neglect and other forms of trauma. They need professional help, not the fumblings of amateurs.