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Justice Department Won’t Send Prosecutors to Polls

The Associated Press reported that the Justice Department will not station prosecutors at polls on Election Day after civil rights groups complained of potential intimidation of minority voters.
The move reverses what has been going on for decades —posting prosecutors at election polls to watch for potential voter fraud or other potential Election Day problems.
Assistant Attorney General Grace Chung Becker issued a statement that this was just a precaution “…and is not the result of any instance of intimidation.” Prosecutors have been used as election monitors focused on preventing voter fraud in the past. This year, however, hundreds of federal monitors will be stationed around the country to ensure ballot access—they just won’t be federal prosecutors.

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