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Updated Mar 11, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Justice Department to monitor Guadalupe’s election

PHOENIX — The Justice Department says it will monitor Guadalupe’s
municipal election Tuesday to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits discrimination in the election process
on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.

Under the act, the Justice Department is authorized to ask the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management to send federal observers to jurisdictions that are
certified by the attorney general or by a federal court order.

Federal observers will be assigned to monitor polling place activities in
Maricopa County based on the Attorney General’s certification.

The observers will watch and record activities during voting hours in the town
of Guadalupe.

A Civil Rights Division attorney will coordinate the federal activities and
maintain contact with local election officials.

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