Election Day is three weeks away but Rhode Island’s top federal prosecutor says his office is already preparing to investigate complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced Wednesday that he’s appointed a prosecutor to handle complaints from voters or candidates concerned about ballot access, polling place intimidation and voter fraud. In addition, Neronha says FBI agents will be tasked with following up on allegations of election abuses.
Neronha urges anyone with information about voter discrimination or fraud to contact federal authorities.
This is the first year Rhode Islanders will be asked to present identification at the polls.
The Nov. 6 ballot includes the race for president, U.S. Congress, the state’s General Assembly and several referendums.