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DOJ plans to monitor elections in these 46 cities and counties to ensure voters aren’t harassed

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A neon voting sign is displayed on a truck during a midterm campaign election stop by Senator Raphael Warnock in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., November 5, 2022.
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The Justice Department plans to monitor polls in two dozen states across the country to ensure no one intimidates voters or otherwise meddles with Tuesday’s midterm elections.

The department’s Civil Rights Division selected 64 jurisdictions in 24 states, including Alaska, Florida, Georgia and Nevada, for oversight in both the general election and early voting. The division routinely monitors elections in the field, starting in 1965 when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act.

DOJ monitored polls in 18 states and 44 cities and counties in 2020, by comparison.

Some of the most anticipated races of the election will occur among the states chosen for monitoring. Incumbent GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is up against Democratic Rep. Val Demings for U.S. Senate. Georgia voters will choose between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and former President Donald Trump’s pick, Republican Herschel Walker. And Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., will defend his seat against venture capitalist Republican Blake Masters.

Personnel from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Office of Personnel Management will assist the DOJ Civil Rights Division in monitoring efforts and maintaining contact with state and local election officials.

Poll monitoring is part of the division’s mission to protect the civil right to vote under the Voting Rights Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act, the Civil Rights Acts and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the DOJ.

Here are the states and jurisdictions where DOJ will monitor polls:

Alaska

City of BethelDillingham Census AreaKusilvak Census AreaSitka City-Borough

Arizona

Maricopa CountyNavajo CountyPima CountyPinal CountyYavapai County

Arkansas

Newton County

California

Los Angeles CountySonoma County

Florida

Broward CountyMiami-Dade CountyPalm Beach County

Georgia

Cobb County, Georgia;Fulton County, Georgia;Gwinnett County, Georgia;

Massachusetts

Town of ClintonCity of EverettCity of FitchburgCity of LeominsterCity of MaldenCity of MethuenCity of RandolphCity of Salem

Maryland

Prince George’s County

Michigan

City of DetroitCity of FlintCity of Grand RapidsCity of PontiacCity of Southfield

Minnesota

City of MinneapolisHennepin CountyRamsey County

Missouri

Cole County

North Carolina

Alamance CountyColumbus CountyHarnett CountyMecklenburg CountyWayne County

New Jersey

Middlesex County

New Mexico

Bernalillo CountySan Juan County

Nevada

Clark CountyWashoe County

New York

Queens County

Ohio

Cuyahoga County

Pennsylvania

Berks CountyCentre CountyLehigh CountyLuzerne CountyPhiladelphia County

Rhode Island

City of Pawtucket

South Carolina

Horry County

Texas

Dallas CountyHarris CountyWaller County

Utah

San Juan County

Virginia

City of ManassasCity of Manassas ParkPrince William County

Wisconsin

City of MilwaukeeCity of Racine

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