U.S. Attorney Mark F. Green has announced that Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris will lead the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming general elections.

Burris has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. He will be responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, 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.

Green said Burris will be on duty in the district while the polls are open. He can be reached by the public at (918)684-5100.

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington.