Justice Dept. will monitor Chesterfield County poll sites

RICHMOND — Chesterfield County is among 86 jurisdictions the U.S. Justice Department will monitor on Election Day.

The agency plans to have about 840 federal observers and more than 250 Civil Rights Division personnel in 25 states.

Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the federal agency has regularly sent observers around the country to protect election-related civil rights.

According to a Department of Justice news release, the observers and department personnel will monitor “whether certain localities are complying with federal voting laws.”

The agency will be looking to see whether “any voters are challenged improperly on the basis of their race, color or membership in a language minority group; complying with the minority language provisions of the Voting Rights Act; permitting voters who are blind, disabled, or unable to read or write assistance by a person of their choice; and permitting all eligible voters to cast a ballot.”

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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