A critical element of our nation’s democratic system is public faith and trust in our election process. Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) serve as the gatekeepers of that trust. No matter the political climate, AUSAs serve dutifully under their oath of office to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. As millions of American continue early voting, vote by mail, or prepare to vote in-person on election day, AUSAs stand ready to ensure all Americans are able to exercise their hard-fought-for voting rights free from fraud, intimidation, or any acts of violence.
Therefore, our citizens should be confident that AUSAs, our nation’s federal prosecutors, will exercise their duties and responsibilities to see that the upcoming election will be safe and fair. AUSAs play an instrumental role in ensuring the fair and just administration of our federal election laws. The mission of AUSAs, along with our law enforcement partners, is rooted in work to safeguard our democracy through a range of activities including close coordination with state and local law enforcement and election officials.
Our citizens can be confident federal law violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law regardless of the outcome of the election. AUSAs are non-partisan, career officials who serve through multiple presidential administrations and attorneys general. This places AUSAs in a unique and favorable position to impartially safeguard our national elections.
Within each U.S. Attorney’s Office throughout the country, AUSAs are selected to serve as District Election Officers.
They are responsible for overseeing complaints of election fraud, related election crimes and voting rights concerns. To ensure a safe, fair and free election, AUSAs work with their federal law enforcement partners, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). During the upcoming election, the FBI will have Special Agents in each field office and resident agency to receive allegation of election fraud and other federal criminal violations that are related to the election. In addition, with the assistance of various state and local counterparts, AUSAs will be able to identify and address voting rights concerns at the national, state and local level to ensure the swift prosecution of those attempting to undermine our nation’s democracy.
Exercising the right to vote is the hallmark of our democracy. Our citizens can be confident that AUSAs and their law enforcement partners will ensure that our citizen voters will be able to exercise that right, and that those who seek to obstruct that right will be prosecuted and punished for doing so. That goal can only be reached with the help of our fellow Americans to report any election violations to federal, state and local authorities. That is our duty and responsibility as citizens. Be assured that AUSAs (approximately 6,300) stand with you to safeguard a safe and free election.
Lawrence J. Leiser is president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (NAAUSA). NAAUSA represents the interests of our nation’s criminal prosecutors and civil attorneys, serving across our nation’s 94 federal U.S. Attorney Offices.