Department of Justice to send personnel to monitor compliance with voting rights laws

Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 13:16:00-05

MILWAUKEE — The Department of Justice announced Monday that they would be sending personnel into 18 states, including Wisconsin, to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws.

The personnel will be heading to Milwaukee for the election on Tuesday, where they will monitor the polls and take complaints from voters about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws.

“Federal law entrusts the Civil Rights Division with protecting the right to vote for all Americans,” said Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “Our federal laws protect the right of all American citizens to vote without suffering discrimination, intimidation, and harassment."

Since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, the civil rights division of the department of justice has sent personnel to different states to monitor elections. According to the Department of Justice, personnel do not just monitor federal elections, but state elections as well.

On Nov. 3, the Civil Rights Division plans to send personnel to 44 jurisdictions in 18 states to monitor for compliance with federal voting rights laws.

Additionally, there will be personnel available to take calls and complaint forms related to possible violations of the federal voting rights laws. To issue a complaint you can call 800-253-3931, or click here.

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