Justice Department to Monitor Polls in Shelby County on Election Day
Memphis, TN – The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor the election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, in Shelby County, Tennessee, to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting rights statutes. The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.
Department personnel will monitor polling place activities. A Civil Rights Division attorney will coordinate 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 Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931. In addition, individuals may also report such complaints by fax to 202-307-3961, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and via complaint form on the Department’s website: www.justice.gov/crt/votercomplaint.
Visit www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting for more information about the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws.