U.S. Justice Department will send monitors to Palm Beach County Tuesday

As early voting begins Monday, more than 1.1 million Floridians have already voted by mail.

Palm Beach County is one of 67 voting jurisdictions in 28 states, including five Florida counties, that the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will monitor on Election Day, a press release said.

The agency said it will send more than 500 people to sites.

Other Florida counties: Hillsborough (Tampa), Lee (Fort Myers), Miami-Dade and Orange (Orlando.)

“Although state and local governments have primary responsibility for administering elections, the Civil Rights Division is charged with enforcing the federal voting rights laws that protect the rights of all citizens to access the ballot on Election Day,” the release said. “Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the department has regularly monitored elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country to protect the rights of voters.

It said lawyers also will staff a hotline starting early Tuesday: (800)-253-3931 or 202-307-2767 or TTY 202-305-0082; FAX (202) 307-3961. Email: voting.section@usdoj.gov. You also can fill out a complaint form on the department’s website.

The agency said complaints related to disruption at a polling place should be reported to local election officials –in this case the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections –and complaints related to violence, threats of violence or intimidation at a polling place should be reported immediately to local law enforcement and later to the Justice Department.

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