NASHVILLE, TENN. (KVOA) – On Monday, United States attorney Don Cochran announced his office and the FBI will be making efforts to monitor complaints related to Tuesday’s general election in connection with the Justice Department’s statewide election day program (DOJ) .
“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and have that vote counted without it being stolen for fraud,” Cochran said in a press release. “The Justice Department will always act appropriately to protect the integrity of the electoral process.”
In a press release, the DOJ said it played an important role in preventing election fraud and discrimination in elections and in combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur.
The ministry’s long-running election day program hopes to achieve these goals and seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process by providing the public with local contacts within the ministry to avoid possible fraud and voting rights violations during the election are open until election day.
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.
The law also has special protection for the rights of voters who, under the law, should be able to vote free from acts of intimidation or harassment. 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.
Federal law protects voters’ right to mark their own ballot paper or to be assisted by someone of their choice (when voters need assistance because of disability or illiteracy).
“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of American voters. It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or electoral fraud provide that information to my office, the FBI or the Civil Rights Department, “said Cochran.
The DOJ said to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting concerns during the voting period ending November 3, 2020, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, the district’s electoral officers will be on duty with the polls being open. They can be reached by the public at the following number: 615-401-6661.
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.
Complaints about possible violations of federal voting laws can be submitted directly to the Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC, by calling 800-253-3931, or using the complaint form at https://civilrights.justice.gov/.
In the event of a crime of violence or intimidation, please call 911 immediately before contacting federal authorities. The state and local police are primarily responsible for polling stations and almost always react faster in an emergency.