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FBI calls for Americans to report election crimes in lead up to midterms

FBI Director Christopher Wray delivers the keynote address during the 2020 Boston Conference on Cyber Security at Boston College on March 4, 2020, in Boston. (Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald/TNS)
October 18, 2022

On Monday, the FBI Washington Field Office urged Americans to report federal election crimes in a post on Twitter, writing that “Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of our democracy.” The tweet comes just weeks before the midterm elections and amid growing allegations of FBI efforts to influence the 2020 presidential election outcome.

“Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of our democracy. Help the #FBI protect your right to vote. Call #FBIWFO at 202-278-2000 or visit if you suspect a federal election crime. #ElectionSecurity,” the office tweeted.

“Election crimes fall into broad categories: ballot/voter fraud; campaign finance violations; and civil rights violations, such as voter suppression or intimidation,” the FBI continued in a subsequent tweet.

“Some examples of federal election crimes include intentionally lying about an election’s time, manner, or place to prevent qualified voters from voting; threatening voters with physical or financial harm; and compensating voters,” the office concluded.

Earlier this year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that an FBI warning was behind Facebook’s decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the 2020 election. A poll in the wake of the election showed 16 percent of Biden voters would have changed their vote if they knew about the scandal.

Zuckerberg’s admission adds weight to concerns that the FBI interfered in the 2020 presidential election to reduce negative coverage of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. According to “highly credible” whistleblowers who spoke to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the FBI had a “scheme” to cover up negative information about criminal activity involving President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, before the 2020 presidential election.

According to a Media Research Center poll conducted in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election, 16 percent of Biden voters said they would not have voted for Biden if they had known about the FBI’s investigation into the Biden family – meaning the public’s awareness of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal would likely have changed the outcome of the election.