(STL.News) – United States attorney Don Cochran announced today that United States Assistant Attorneys (AUSAs) Sarah Beth Myers and Robert S. Levine are promoting his office’s efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide election day program will lead tomorrow’s general election. AUSAs Myers and Levine have been appointed as district electoral officers for the Middle District of Tennessee, and in that capacity are responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of electoral fraud and voting concerns, in consultation with the Washington Department of Justice headquarters.
“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and have this vote counted without it being stolen for fraud,” said US attorney Cochran. “The Justice Department will always act appropriately to protect the integrity of the electoral process.”
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 tries to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process by providing local contacts within the ministry for the public to report possible electoral fraud and voting rights violations during elections by 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 and allows 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 voters’ right to mark their own ballot paper or to be assisted by someone of their choice (if voters need assistance due to disability or illiteracy).
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. To respond to complaints of electoral fraud or voting concerns during the November 3, 2020 voting period and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, the district’s electoral officers will be open on duty during the election. 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. The local FBI field office can be reached by the public at 615-232-7500.
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/.
However, please note that if you have a crime of violence or intimidation, you must 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.
United States attorney Cochran said: “Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of American voters. It is imperative that those with specific information about discrimination or electoral fraud provide that information to my office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division. “
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