Flanked by representatives of SLED, the FBI, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles in a Monday press conference says his office and law enforcement are ready to handle complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses associated with the November election two weeks away.
Nettle says while local, state and federal law enforcement personnel are prepared to enter a polling place if needed, the key role of law enforcement in the election process is in the investigative function.
Nettles says an example of an often used tactic to hamstring the voting process is challenging a person’s right to cast a ballot. Nettles says in many cases the tactic is used not so much to intimidate voters, but to discourage voters from exercising their right to cast a ballot.
Nettles says in order to diffuse a potentially contentious situation at the polls, a person faced with a challenge should ask for a challenge ballot.
Nettles says he would recommend poll workers, especially first-time poll watchers, should obtain literature from the State Election Commission outlining appropriate conduct at the polls. Nettles say often abuses are not systemic in nature, but are created by overzealous supporters.