Department of Justice to Monitor Queens Primary Elections

By Nigel Chiwaya on June 25, 2012 3:41pm 

Justice Department Personnel will monitor polling places in Queens tomorrow.
Justice Department Personnel will monitor polling places in Queens tomorrow.
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QUEENS — The Department of Justice announced that it will monitor Tuesday's primary elections in Queens to ensure compliance with the Federal Voting Rights act of 1965.

A DOJ spokesperson did not give a reason beyond that for the agency's decision to monitor the polls throughout the borough as well as in upstate Orange County.

In addition, a department attorney from the civil rights bureau will maintain contact with local election officials, the agency said.

Voters will head to the polls tomorrow to select a Democratic nominee for the 6th Congressional District seat.

The Voting Rights Act prohibits voter discrimination because of race, color or language. 

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