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Jackson County Prosecutor's Office to monitor polls for voter issues

Posted at 6:40 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 23:21:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When you head to the polls tomorrow, there's a chance you'll run into Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker or a member of her staff.

The prosecutor announced on Monday that her office will monitor and work to resolve issues at polls around the county on Tuesday. 

The Jackson County Prosecutor's Public Corruption Unit, which was formed with some additional funding earlier this year, is leading the charge.

Voters can call the unit at (816)-881-3111 if they observe anything out of the ordinary, like potential voter fraud or abuses of voter rights.

Peters Baker told 41 Action News voter fraud is extremely rare. She has only seen two cases since she was appointed in 2011. However, her office frequently receives complaints about electioneering issues, like signs posted too close to polling places.

"Our goal is, if you're properly registered to vote, that you have an opportunity to do that and that we are providing you every opportunity to be able to walk into your polling place, cast your vote and feel confident that your vote is going to be counted," Peters Baker said.

On the Kansas side, the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office will have an assistant DA on standby for issues that arise. A spokesman added the Wyandotte County Elections Board will be in contact with their office.

On the other hand, the Johnson County District Attorney's Office said it will only become involved if a complaint is brought to them. 

There are resources available to voters on both sides of the state line. Here are some of the numbers you can call for help:

Jackson County Prosecutor's Public Corruption Unit- 816-881-3111

Missouri Secretary of State Elections Integrity Unit- 1-800-669-8683

Kansas Secretary of State- 1-800-262-8683.

U.S. Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline- 1-800-253-3931

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has also set up an Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.