Before you go to the polls on Election Day 2022 in New Jersey, keep this number on hand
There is no active threat or reason to believe anything suspicious is going on, but, there is an important phone number to keep handy just in case you hear or see anything going on at the polls here on Election Day.
When you go to the polls today, you'll see races for local School boards, Municipal races like Mayor or Council/Committee, County Sheriff, County Commissioners, and Congress, and perhaps see a ballot question.
There have been some changes/laws implemented over the last couple of years when it comes to Voting and what's allowed and not allowed and you can review what's in play for Election Day 2022, right here.
If you have any questions on-site, especially routine, please kindly ask a poll worker at the location and they'll be able to guide you from there.
There have been security measures already enacted just in case a major issue were to arise.
U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced last week that staff has been on call since Early Voting began on October 29 and that a number has been accessible to voters to call to report any concerns, issues, any type of threat including violence, violations, bribes, impersonating voters, stuffing ballot boxes, marking ballots for voters against their will, and related matters to the New Jersey Election Day Hotline which is 888-636-6596 and the Department of Justice will review the matter in this Election Day Program.
“Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy,” U.S. States Attorney Sellinger said in a written statement. “Citizens must be free to vote without interference or discrimination, and election officials must be free to serve without threats of violence. In coordination with the Department’s Election Day Program, our office will do everything in its power to protect the rights of voters and election workers throughout New Jersey.”
Attorney Sellinger added that the FBI will also have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the U.S. to handle similar calls and complaints and you can inform them, as warranted, by calling 973-792-3000.
In addition to those numbers, Attorney Sellinger said that "complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws, or any civil rights violation, can be made at any time to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Civil Rights Hotline, 855-281-3339, or by submitting an online complaint here, or to the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., by phone at 800-253-3931 or by complaint form at https://civilrights.justice.gov/."
"In the case of a crime of violence or intimidation, please call 911 immediately and before contacting federal authorities. State and local police have primary jurisdiction over polling places, and almost always have faster reaction capacity in an emergency."