- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage says it is working diligently to protect against voter fraud in the Nov. 8 election.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler issued a news release Monday announcing the appointment of a new district election officer as part of the effort. U.S. Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh has been named to the position and will oversee any complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses in Alaska, KTUU-TV reported (https://bit.ly/2eF3eXc).

Loeffler’s announcement follows repeated assertions by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that the election is “rigged” against him.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said Trump’s statements aren’t related to the Anchorage office’s stepped-up efforts. During each major election, the office informs residents about voting rules and provides information on who to contact should there be any irregularities, Schroder said.

Federal law prohibits intimidating or bribing voters, impersonating voters and altering vote tallies.

“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate,” Loeffler said. “It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division.”

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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