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Election 2016The right to vote is constitutional, and the United States Department of Justice intends to protect it during the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Stoker has been appointed by the DOJ to serve as a district election officer for the Norfolk and Newport News areas.

He will oversee election fraud and voting rights abuse complaints, including threats of intimidation, bribery, harassment and impersonation, according to a DOJ news release.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination,” U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente wrote in the release. “They need to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud. The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”

Voters who suspect election fraud or voting rights violations should call Stoker at 757-441-6331 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or the DOJ at 703-299-3700 before 8:30 a.m. or after 5 p.m.