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Press Release

District Elections Officer Selection For November 8, 2016

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

            HAMMOND- United States Attorney David Capp announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Gary T. Bell will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8, 2016, general elections.  AUSA Bell has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the Northern District of Indiana, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

            The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur.  The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these 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 election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day. 

            In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 8, 2016, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, United States Attorney Capp stated that AUSA/DEO Gary T. Bell will be on duty in this District while the polls are open.  He can be reached by the public at the following telephone number 219-937-5656.

            In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day.  The Indiana FBI Field Office can be reached by the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 317-595-4000.

            Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, DC by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to or by complaint form at

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Updated October 25, 2016