Civil Rights Monitors Sent To Five States For Elections

Source: Terry Frieden/ CNN

WASHINGTON  – Federal civil rights officials announced Monday they have sent election observers to locations in five states to keep an eye out for potential trouble at the polls Tuesday.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division dispatched 11 staff attorneys along with 85 trained election observers from the Office of Personnel Management to watch activities at the polls and report any irregularities.

The Justice Department did not explain why the specific locations were selected, but the recent history of the targeted communities has been widely reported.

In Mississippi, monitors are being dispatched to four counties, as voters go to the polls in a gubernatorial election to replace Haley Barbour, who is term-limited from running again. The campaign features the white Republican Lieutenant Gov. Phil Bryant and African-American Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, a Democrat. Mississippi political observers say Bryant is a strong favorite to win the election.

Election observers have been sent to Mississippi, California, Ohio, Texas and Massachusetts.

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