President Obama’s Justice Department announced on Monday that its Civil Rights Division will deploy more than 500 personnel to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states to monitor tomorrow’s presidential election.
(In the general election in 2012, Justice Department monitors watched polling places in 51 jurisdictions in 23 states; and in the 2010 midterm, federal observers went to 30 jurisdictions in 18 states.)
“On Election Day itself, lawyers in the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section will staff a hotline starting in the early hours of the morning, and just as we have sent election monitors in prior elections, we will continue to have a robust election monitors program in place on Election Day,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“As always, our personnel will perform these duties impartially, with one goal in mind: to see to it that every eligible voter can participate in our elections to the full extent that federal law provides. The department is deeply committed to the fair and unbiased application of our voting rights laws and we will work tirelessly to ensure that every eligible person that wants to do so is able to cast a ballot.”