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Justice Department to monitor Hillsborough County, 66 other jurisdictions on Election Day

Election Technology Director Shawn Huston tests a which counts votes on a ballot Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at the Supervisor of Elections Hillsborough County headquarters in Tampa. The machine will count 200-300 ballots a minute.

Chris Urso, Times

Election Technology Director Shawn Huston tests a which counts votes on a ballot Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at the Supervisor of Elections Hillsborough County headquarters in Tampa. The machine will count 200-300 ballots a minute.

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TAMPA — Hillsborough County is one of 67 jurisdictions across the country that the U.S. Department of Justice will monitor on Election Day.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights division will deploy 500 personnel to 28 states, including to five Florida counties, on Tuesday to ensure pollworkers and local governments follow federal voting rights laws.

In addition to Hillsborough County, the Justice Department will send representatives to Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach counties, according to a press release. Florida will have the second most jurisdictions monitored, trailing only Connecticut, which will have monitors in seven areas.

“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,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. “As always, our personnel will perform these duties impartially, with one goal in mind: to see to it that every eligible voter can participate in our elections to the full extent that federal law provides.”

Additionally, the Justice Deparment will field complaints about possible voting right violations to its hotline, 1-800-253-3931, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov and by a complaint form on the department’s website: www.justice.gov/crt/votercomplaint.

[Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2016 1:35pm]

    

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