September 30, 2020         
­Watercrest Welcomes Paige Hodgin as Executive Director of Watercrest Fort Mill-Indian Land Assisted Living and Memory Care   •   American Banker names U.S. Bank leaders to 2020 Most Powerful Women in Banking lists   •   Polaris RZR Factory Racing Dominates at the SCORE BAJA 500   •   $1 Million Program Launched to Assist Northern and Central California Communities Impacted by Wildfires in 2020   •   BBVA USA's Rosilyn Houston once again named one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker   •   Minister Guilbeault Announces Support for 200 Projects Aimed at Commemorating the History and Legacy of Residential Schools   •   Women's Health and Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19   •   Tanger Outlets Launches 27th Annual Tanger Pink Campaign In Support Of The Ongoing Fight Against Breast Cancer   •   Paths to Reconciliation   •   Veterans Charity Leads Suicide Prevention Efforts   •   Future-Proof Your Career & Company: Galvanize Debuts Part-Time Software Engineering Professional Development Courses   •   Donate Life Hollywood to Honor Eight Outstanding Productions at the Annual DLH Inspire Awards Oct. 8   •   The Knot Pledges to Support Crucial Forest Restoration With Every Order of The Knot Invitations   •   Hunger and Poverty Gains Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic   •   Kainai Forage Closes $15.0 Million Construction Credit Facilities with Farm Credit Canada and Operating Line of Credit with Bank   •   Verena at Gilbert Independent Living Community Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating   •   PhysIQ and Purdue University launch study to develop algorithms for detecting earliest signs of COVID-19 from biometric smartwat   •   The Future of Powersports Is Female: Polaris Launches Inaugural Empowersports Women's Riding Council   •   Local Entrepreneur Opens Always Best Care Of Naperville   •   American Fair Credit Council Announces New Board Addition
Bookmark and Share

Justice Dept Out In Force To Monitor Polls

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has announced that its Civil Rights Division plans to deploy more than 400 federal observers and department personnel to 30 jurisdictions in 18 states for today's general election.

 

Although state and local governments have primary responsibility for administering elections, under the federal voting rights laws, the Civil Rights Division is charged with and committed to protecting the rights of all citizens to access the ballot on Election Day.

 

Throughout today, Civil Rights Division staff members will be available at a special toll-free number to receive complaints related to ballot access (1-800-253-3931) (TTY line 1-877-267-8971), including allegations of voter intimidation or coercion targeted at voters because of their race, color, national origin or religion.   In addition, individuals may also report complaints, problems or concerns related to voting via the Internet.   Forms may be submitted through a link on the department web page.

 

Allegations of voter fraud are handled by the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country and the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.   Complaints may be directed to any of the local U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the local FBI offices or the Public Integrity Section.

 

Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1 965, the department has regularly sent observers and monitors around the country to protect voters ’ rights.   The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.   In addition, the act requires certain covered jurisdictions to provide language assistance during the election process.   Under the Voting Rights Act, the department is authorized to ask the Office of Personnel Management to send federal observers to areas that have been certified for coverage by a federal court or the Attorney General.   The department also may send monitors from its own staff to elections in other jurisdictions.

 

On Election Day, federal observers will monitor polling place activities in 16 jurisdictions:

  • Autauga County Ala. ;
  • Bethel , Alaska ;
  • Apache and Navajo Counties Ariz. ;
  • Riverside County Calif. ;
  • Randolph County G a. ;
  • Kane County Ill. ;
  • Salem County (Penns Grove), N.J.;
  • Cibola and Sandoval Counties N.M. ;
  • Cuyahoga County , Ohio ;
  • Shannon County ; S.D.; and
  • Dallas , Fort Bend, Galveston and Williamson Counties, Texas.  

Justice Department personnel will monitor the election in an additional 14 jurisdictions: 

  • Maricopa County Ariz. ;
  • Alameda County , Calif. ;
  • Seminole County Fl a. ;
  • Honolulu , Hawaii ;
  • Neshoba County , Miss.;
  • Colfax County Neb. ;
  • Passaic County N.J. ;
  • Orange County N.Y. ;
  • Lorain County , Ohio ;
  • Philadelphia Pa. ;
  • Bennett and Todd Counties , S.D.;
  • Shelby County Tenn. ; and
  • Harris County, Texas.

The observers and department personnel will gather information on whether voters are subject to different voting qualifications or procedures on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group; whether jurisdictions are complying with the minority language provisions of the Voting Rights Act; whether jurisdictions permit voters to receive assistance by a person of his or her choice if the voter is blind, has a disability, or is unable to read or write; whether jurisdictions allow voters with disabilit ies to cast a private and independent ballot; and whether jurisdictions comply with the provisional ballot requirements of the Help America Vote Act.   To assist in these inquiries, the department has deployed observers and monitors who speak Spanish and a variety of Asian and Native American languages.   Both the federal observers and department personnel will coordinate monitoring activities, and department attorneys maintain contact with local election officials.


STORY TAGS: GENERAL , BLACKS , AFRICAN AMERICAN , LATINO , HISPANIC , MINORITIES , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , DIVERSITY , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News