26 Oct 2010

Three voters complain of intimidation as early voting starts in CNMI

2:38 pm on 26 October 2010

Complaints of voter intimidation in the Northern Marianas have been filed with the Office of the Attorney General in the lead-up to the elections on November the 2nd

The incidents are now being looked at by both local and federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The assistant attorney general, Meaghan Hassel Shearer, has told the Saipan Tribune that three complaints of voter intimidation were filed over the weekend.

Early voting on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota to choose a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives started last week.

Under federal law, voter intimidation, conspiring to suppress voter participation and vote-buying are expressly prohibited.