Enforcement of federal voting rights laws in general election

Last week, The Justice Department announced that its Civil Rights Division plans to deploy more than 780 federal observers and department personnel to 51 jurisdictions in 23 states for the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.

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.

In the days leading up to and throughout Election Day, Civil Rights Division staff members will be available by telephone to receive complaints related to possible violations of the federal voting rights laws (toll free 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767 or TTY 1-877-267-8971).  In addition, individuals may also report such complaints by fax to 202-307-3961, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov  and by a complaint form on the department’s website: www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/.

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