Knoxville, Tenn: United States Department of Justice and Law Firm to monitor the November 2020 election
(STL.News) – U.S. attorney J. Douglas Overbey announced today that U.S. assistant attorney Perry H. Piper is extending his office's efforts related to the Justice Department's nationwide election day program for the upcoming November 3, 2020 general election will guide. AUSA Piper has been named the District Election Officer (DEO) for the Eastern District of Tennessee and is responsible for overseeing the handling of complaints of electoral fraud and violations of voting rights by the district in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters in Washington.
“Every citizen of the United States must be able to vote without interference or discrimination, and have that vote counted, without it being stolen for fraud. The Justice Department will take aggressive and swift action to protect the integrity of the electoral process. While the COVID-19 pandemic may change the way we vote this November, we still need to ensure that the integrity of the electorate is upheld and that the votes are considered cast by the citizens. The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee will act immediately and aggressively to protect the integrity of the electoral process, ”said US attorney J. Douglas Overbey.
The Department of Justice plays an important role in preventing electoral fraud and discrimination in elections and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur. The ministry's longstanding election day program supports these goals and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process by providing local contacts within the ministry for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations during elections are on election day open.
Federal law protects against crimes such as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, changing numbers of votes, filling out ballot boxes, and marking ballot papers for voters against their will or without their input. It also provides special protection for the rights of voters, allowing them to vote freely from any acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, acts of individuals designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling stations by questioning or challenging them, photographing them or videotaping them, on the pretext that they are acts to detect illegal voting, may violate federal electoral law violated. In addition, federal law protects the right of voters to cast their own vote or to be assisted by someone of their choice.
The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all need to ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it if they so choose and that those who try to corrupt it are brought to justice. In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuse on November 3, 2020 and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the relevant authorities, U.S. attorney Overbey stated that AUSA / DEO Piper will be on duty in this district while the polls are in progress open. AUSA Piper can be reached at (423) 385-1332.
In addition, the FBI will have dedicated agents at every field office and local agency across the country to deal with allegations of election fraud and other election abuse on election day. The local FBI field office can be reached by the public at (865) 544-0751.
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