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Election fraud official named for northern W.Va.

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Warner will lead the Justice Department's anti-voter fraud initiative in northern West Virginia on Election Day.

Warner was appointed district election officer Wednesday. U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says he'll oversee complaints about fraud and voting rights abuse in consultation with Washington, D.C.

Ihlenfeld says every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination, and to know their vote won't be stolen. He says his staff is dedicated to protecting the integrity of the process.

Federal law prohibits intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes and marking ballots for voters against their wishes.

It's also illegal to interrupt, intimidate or harass voters at polling places.


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