Justice Department to monitor District 1 special election

Published: May. 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Justice Department announced on Monday that it will monitor Tuesday's special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District race between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

A press released by the Justice Department stated the organization plans to monitor elections on Tuesday in three towns in Mississippi and in Charleston County to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Officials say personnel will monitor polling place activities in Charleston County with a Civil Rights attorney coordinating federal activities and maintaining contact with local election officials.

"Under the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department is authorized to ask the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to send federal observers to jurisdictions that are certified by the attorney general or by a federal court order," stated a press released by the Justice Department.

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