Apr 24, 2014 4:09 AM EDT
DOJ Monitoring IL Primary for Voter Discrimination
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Justice Department officials will monitor Tuesday's Illinois' primary elections in the Chicago area to ensure minority groups do not face discrimination at the polls.

Announced on Monday by the Obama administration, Federal officials will observe the elections in Cook and Lake Counties for any violations of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits states from discriminating on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group during the electoral process.

There were no allegations of wrongdoing in the days preceding the elections, and the Justice Department said it routinely sends observers to monitor elections' compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

"Each year, the Justice Department deploys hundreds of federal observers from the Office of Personnel Management, as well as departmental staff, to monitor elections across the country," the Justice Department said in a statement.


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