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Justice Department To Deploy 500 Election Monitors

| by Oren Peleg

As Americans from all major parties worry about voting inconsistencies during the upcoming presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will be stepping in. The DOJ will be sending 500 election monitors to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states for on Nov. 8 to enforce federal voting rights.

Federal election monitors will be dispersed across the country from Alaska to California, and New York to Florida, according to Milwaukee Patch.

“In most cases, voters on the ground will see very little practical difference between monitors and observers,” Vanita Gupta, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, said, reports CNN Wire Service. “We work closely and cooperatively with jurisdictions around the country to ensure that trained personnel are able to keep an eye on the proceedings from an immediate vantage point.”

“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,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch wrote in a statement. “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.”

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In October, as support for Republican nominee Donald Trump’s sank in national polls, he heightened his allegations of voter fraud across the country.

“Voter fraud is all too common, and then they criticize us for saying that,” Trump told a crowd in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Oct. 18, reports The New York Times. “But take a look at Philadelphia, what’s been going on, take a look at Chicago, take a look at St. Louis. Take a look at some of these cities, where you see things happening that are horrendous.”

“I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place,” President Barack Obama responded.

Meanwhile, leaders within the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups are organizing election monitors of their own. 

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“We are organizing poll watchers in urban areas to cut down on the most traditional type of voter fraud,” a representative for the white nationalist-aligned website TheRightStuff.biz said, reports Vanity Fair. “We also will have stationary cameras hidden at polling locations in Philadelphia, to monitor anyone that comes in to vote and make sure that the same people are not voting at multiple locations. If we see people voting in multiple locations the footage will be submitted to the FEC as well as put out on social media to undermine the legitimacy of [Democratic nominee Hillary] Clinton should she steal the election.”

The representative added that monitors will be “going to the ghettos in Philly with 40s and weed to give out to the local residents” to keep local residents at home on Election Day. 

Sources: Milwaukee Patch, CNN Wire Service via WITI, Vanity Fair, The New York Times / Photo credit: Milwaukee Patch

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