Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today that that Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office will be monitoring Jackson County polls all day tomorrow to help resolve any issues.
“We want to assure Jackson County citizens that our office will handle any complaints regarding fraud or other challenges to the integrity of a free and fair election,” Baker said.
Citizens are asked to call the Prosecutor’s Public Corruption Unit at (816) 881-3111 if they observe any irregularities including voter fraud or abuses of voter rights.
The prosecutor’s office has already notified all registered political parties, as well as both election boards.
Examples of irregularities might include: act or threat of violence towards a voter with the intent of denying that person the right to vote; knowingly telling a voter false information about voting for the purpose of preventing any person from going to the polls; bribing a voter to either vote for or against a specific candidate or issue; interfering or attempting to interfere with any voter inside a polling place.
In past elections, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office has investigated improper campaigning at the polls as well as fraudulent votes. Baker stated that voters who believe they’ve been denied a chance to vote or have felt intimidated or harassed at polling places should contact the Public Corruption Unit immediately.