WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today announced that the federal government will monitor primary runoff elections in Conecuh and Hale Counties, Ala., and the primary election in Randolph County, Ga., to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.
Under the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department is authorized to ask the Office of Personnel Management to send federal observers to areas that are specially covered in the Act itself or by a federal court order. Federal observers have been assigned to monitor polling place activities during todayís elections in Conecuh, Hale, and Randolph counties, based on the special coverage provisions.
The observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations in these counties and will monitor to ensure that the right of voters to participate in the election is not denied on the basis of their race. Civil Rights Division attorneys will coordinate the federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.
To file complaints about discriminatory voting practices, including acts of harassment or intimidation, voters may call the Voting Section of the Justice Departmentís Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.
More information about the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws is available on the Department of Justice Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/index.htm.