ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The Department of Justice will have a watchful eye on St. Louis’ elections process Tuesday.
When you cast your ballot, if there’s an issue, the DOJ says it’ll have a “robust election monitors program in place,” being impartial as they watch the proceedings and make sure nobody’s kept from casting a vote.
St. Louis city is one of 67 jurisdictions where more than 500 federal personnel will be stationed. It’s the only one in Missouri. In Illinois, federal monitors will be deployed to the city of Chicago and Cook County.
“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 in a written statement.
She explains what the DOJ monitors will be up to: “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.”
In addition, there’ll be a voter complaint hotline on Tuesday staffed by federal attorneys starting early in the morning.
The file a complaint, call 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the department’s website.
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