SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – We are now down to less than 24 hours before millions across the country will head to the polls to cast their ballots, but how secure are those polling places?
A newly appointed state Election Officer will be taking calls and investigating any reports of election fraud that may emerge in Utah this Election Day.
“If someone has a concern about fraud, changing of names, someone voting for someone else, those are things that we should learn about,” said U.S. Attorney John Huber, who recently appointed Asst. U.S. Attorney, Lake Dishman to serve as this year’s Election Officer.
Huber says such crimes are rare among poll workers.
“Americans take this responsibility very seriously,” he explained.
Still, election fraud does happen from time to time, which is why he says it is best to be prepared with the Election Officer.
“He will be by his phone literally all day long and will take calls…” Huber told Good 4 Utah’s Ali Monsen. “Some of the things that we worry about are whether people are treated differently because of who they are, what they look like, what language they speak,” he explained.
In addition, the broader U.S. Department of Justice is deploying 500 election personnel to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states, including San Juan County, Utah.
“They announce them close in time… so that people people know that they’re coming, are aware of their presence but without too much notice,” Huber said.
No word on why or how the agency selected San Juan of all places, but Huber says those D.O.J. employees will be there simply observing the poll workers.
Despite a lot of national buzz about rigged polls and corrupt candidates this election, Huber says the project is nothing out of the ordinary.
“This year’s efforts are no different than prior years’ elections efforts,” he reiterated.
The Election Officer will be taking calls, Tuesday, as long as the polls are open. Members of the public can contact Dishman at (801) 325-1409.