WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, Nov. 7, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would send election monitors to observe voting in 67 jurisdictions in 24 states to ensure compliance with federal voting laws. The DOJ regularly monitors elections to ensure compliance with federal laws, such as the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act. Additionally, on Election Day the DOJ will be available to receive complaints from voters all across the country on its website or at 800-253-3931.
Notably, the DOJ plans to send monitors to Harris County, Texas. Harris County officials had previously sent a letter requesting federal monitors after the secretary of state said he would send “inspectors” to monitor voting. Monitors will also be deployed to cities and counties in closely-contested states like Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin.