The Obama administration is taking drastic measures to ensure those who are going out to vote will not have any issues. Over 500 observers, from the Justice Department, are being sent out to polling places across the country to help safeguard the right to vote. These poll watchers will be sent to places more likely to be affected by racial discrimination, intimidation or other means of depriving voters.
“The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote, and the Department of Justice works tirelessly to uphold that right not only on Election Day, but every day,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a public statement. “We enforce federal statutes related to voting through a range of activities – including filing our own litigation when the facts warrant, submitting statements of interest in private lawsuits to help explain our understanding of these laws, and providing guidance to election officials and the general public about what these laws mean and what they require.”
One city that is currently holding a lot of controversies, Maricopa County, Arizona, will be one destination these observers will present. Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin will acquire DOJ Staff as well.