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Montana's U.S. Attorney Assigns Election Officer To Monitor Voting

Nov 1, 2018

A Montana Assistant U.S. Attorney will serve as the state’s Election Officer for the November 6 general election.

That means Brendan McCarthy will oversee the District of Montana’s handling of allegations of election fraud and voting rights abuse.

According to a press release issued this week by Montana’s U.S. Attorney’s office, McCarthy will do that in consultation with the U.S. Justice Department.

McCarthy has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Billings since 2013. He was tapped last year to work exclusively on civil rights cases.

The Justice Department offers its Elections Day program to deter election fraud and discrimination at the polls. Federal law prohibits such crimes as voter intimidation, bribery, ballot box stuffing and falsifying vote tallies.

Montana U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme stated that AUSA/DEO McCarthy will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. He can be reached by the public at the following telephone numbers: 406-247-4656 and 406-702-5033.

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 406-443-3617 (Helena) and 406-248-8487 (Billings).