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Fed Prosecutors to Serve as District Election Officers for Southland Counties

A woman wearing protective gloves posts her election ballot in an official ballot drop box on October 20, 2020 in Marina del Rey, California. | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two assistant U.S. attorneys will serve as District Election Officers for the Central District of California for this year's general election, it was announced Oct. 22.

Lindsey Greer Dotson and Thomas F. Rybarczyk will oversee the handling of complaints related to election fraud and voting rights concerns occurring in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo through Election Day. If complaints are received, they will coordinate with the FBI field office in Los Angeles to investigate them and will consult with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

The Justice Department has an important role in deterring interference or discrimination at the polls and election fraud, and combating those violations whenever and wherever they occur. The department's longstanding Election Day Program furthers those goals, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the department for the public to report possible voting rights violations and election fraud while the polls are open through Election Day.

Federal law prohibits crimes such 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 designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that those are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law.

The FBI will have special agents available across the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day. Agents at the FBI's Los Angeles field office, which serves the same seven counties as the U.S. Attorney's Office, can be reached by the public at 310-477-6565.

In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights concerns up to and including Nov. 3, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, Dotson and Rybarczyk will be on duty while the polls are open.

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can also be made directly to the DOJ's Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., by phone at 800-253-3931 or TTY 202 305-0082. Individuals may also report complaints by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov and by a complaint form on the Justice Department's website: www.justice.gov/crt/votercomplaint.

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Find video and text explainers that break down what the propositions are and what they mean for voters on KCET's "Ballot Brief." For a quick look at all the props, here's a printable guide from "Ballot Brief" in English and in Spanish.

Click on the "Playlist: Ballot Brief" button on the top right corner of the video below — featuring veteran broadcaster Leyna Nguyen — to see the video explainers for all 12 2020 California props.

Top Image: A woman wearing protective gloves posts her election ballot in an official ballot drop box on Oct. 20, 2020 in Marina del Rey, California. | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

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