If you run into problems at the polls on Election Day, Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany Preston will be ready to take your call.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced Wednesday that Preston will lead the efforts of her office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program.
Preston has been appointed to serve as the district election officer for the Southern District of Indiana, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.
It also contains special protections for the rights of voters, and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them.
For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law.
Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice (where voters need assistance because of disability or illiteracy).
Preston will be on duty while the polls are open. She can be reached by phone at 317-226-6333.
In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day. The local FBI field office can be reached by phone at 317-595-4000.
Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, D.C. by phone at 800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767, by fax at 202-307-3961, by email at email@example.com, or by complaint form.http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php
The League of Women Voters also recommends those who run into trouble while voting contact the Election Protection Hotline at 866-687-8683.