In preparing for their presidential elections, Iran may have set up polling stations within the United States.These stations would allow for Iranian citizens to participate in their country’s election, but may be in violation of U.S. law.
Per Free Beacon:
The Iranian regime is believed to be operating polling stations across the United States ahead of the country’s election on Friday, an effort that appears to violate U.S. laws barring Iranian agents from operating on American soil in this manner, according to sources apprised of the situation.
According to the article, U.S. law would prohibit the polling stations:
Although, laws not pertaining directly to Iran allow for voting activities:
As Iran gears up to hold its presidential election on Friday—a process critics have described as corrupt—Iranian regime opponents are warning that the polling sites will be staffed by agents of the Islamic Republic. This may be a violation of U.S. laws barring regime officials from traveling across America without explicit permission from the State Department.At least 27 polling sites appear to have been set up across the Eastern Seaboard, according to information published online, with more across the country.
U.S. law prohibits agents of the Iranian regime from traveling 25 miles outside of New York City and Washington, D.C., without explicit permission from the government. Additionally, sanctions prohibit U.S. individuals from conducting business with representatives of the Iranian government.
A State Department official would not comment specifically on Iran’s efforts in America but told the Free Beacon there is generally no prohibition on foreign countries conducting voting activities in the United States.“There is no general prohibition on voting activities conducted by foreign countries on behalf of their citizens in the United States,” the official said. “Foreign governments establishing polling stations are expected to carry out election-related activities in the United States in a manner consistent with U.S. law and regulations, and with due respect for the sovereignty and public order of the United States.”
These polling stations were similarly set-up for prior elections:
Kenneth Timmerman, the pro-bono president of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, told the Free Beacon that the Iranians held similar operations under the Obama presidency.
In order to man the stations, there will be “hundreds of actual paid agents of the Islamic regime operating throughout this country,” Timmerman said, raising concerns about violations of U.S. laws barring such activity.
“Under the Iran sanctions regulations, it is illegal for a U.S. person to provide services, any kind of services to the government of Iran directly or through cutouts,” Timmerman said.