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Poll watchers as well as poll workers will be abundant in Ohio
Secretary of State says they won't be permitted to interfere
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
and ML SCHULTZE
This story is part of a special series.


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Jo Ingles
 

Lots of questions are looming over Election Day in Ohio, including who will be looming over the poll workers.

Both presidential campaigns will have observers in the polls. So will groups at opposite ends of the political spectrum concerned about voter intimidation and voter fraud.

Matt McClelland with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office says the observers will not  interfere with voters or poll workers.

MCCLELLAND: Observers only

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These individuals are there to observe. They are not to be actors in the process. The secretary is for an open transparent process so there is nothing wrong with having observers there. They are there just to do that….simply observe. They cannot engage or challenge a voter. They are just there to watch. So we are not anticipating any issues.”

In addition to county elections officials and private-group observers, the U.S. Justice Department has set up a hotline for anyone with  complaints about voter fraud or intimidation. The assistant U.S. attorney in charge of Northeast Ohio is Ann Rowland, who led the investigation of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. 



Phone numbers:
Ann Rowland:  216-622-3847
FBI  216-522-1400
Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767.                  

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