Justice Department to Monitor U.S. polls

Protecting the integrity of our democracy, via the Washington Post:

The Justice Department announced Friday that its Civil Rights Division plans to send nearly 800 staff and observers to 51 jurisdictions in 23 states for Tuesday’s election. This has been standard practice since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which bars discrimination in elections.

Some of the localities to be observed are in states covered under Section 5 of the law, which requires jurisdictions with a history of discriminatory voting practices to receive prior approval or “preclearance” before making changes in elections laws. They are Texas, South Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia and Alaska, along with parts of Florida, Georgia, California, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota, Michigan and New Hampshire.

The department’s list of places to be observed Tuesday also includes four Ohio counties: Cuyahoga (Cleveland) Hamilton (Cincinnati) Franklin (Columbus) and Lorain.

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