US Attorney Myers appoints district election officer for general election

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An assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana will lead the efforts of her office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming general election.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany J. Preston has been appointed to serve as the Indiana Southern District’s election officer for the state’s 60 southernmost counties.

The district election officer role is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of election day complaints related to voting rights concerns, threats of violence against election officials or staff, and election fraud in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters in Washington D.C.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted in a fair and free election,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Zachary Myers said in a statement.  “Similarly, election officials and staff must be able to serve without being subject to unlawful threats of violence. The Department of Justice will always work tirelessly to protect the integrity of the election process.”

Under Preston’s leadership, the program will also seek to ensure public confidence in the electoral process by providing local points of contact within the department for the public to report possible federal election law violations.

Preston will be on duty to respond to and appropriately direct complaints of voting rights concerns and election fraud during the upcoming election while the polls are open.

Hoosiers with complaints or concerns can contact Preston at (317) 226-6333.

Complaints concerning possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can also be made to the Civil Rights Division by calling (800) 253-3931 or by the complaint form online.

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