WASHINGTON, DC – Fulton and Gwinnett counties are among more than 60 localities nationwide that will be monitored on Tuesday by the U.S. Justice Department.
The department announced on Monday that it will deploy personnel to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states to ensure to monitor polls and for look for any voting rights violations, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“Just as we have sent election monitors in prior elections, we will continue to have a robust election monitors program in place on election day,” said Lynch in a statement. “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.”
Hancock County in east central Georgia is also being monitored.
Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the department has monitored elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country. The department said it is deploying more than 500 personnel nationwide to monitor polls.
Polls will be open in Georgia on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More than 2,180,000 votes have been cast in Georgia through advance and early voting, smashing the state’s previous record set in 2008. Fulton County leads the state in ballots cast, with 233,571. Gwinnett is third, with 144,679.
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