WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Justice Department announced Monday it has sent federal observers to four Texas counties to ensure the voting rights of citizens participating in Tuesday's presidential primary, including Spanish-speaking voters.
The Civil Rights Division, which enforces federal voting rights, said it will send monitors to Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston and Waller counties.
"Brazos, Fort Bend and Galveston counties are obligated to provide all election information, ballots and voting assistance information in Spanish as well as in English according to the Voting Rights Act," the Justice Department said.
Past complaints had led to a 2006 federal court order in Brazos County.
Officials said they will monitor polling-place activities in Waller County to deal with unspecified issues.
Although elections are handled by state officials, voting rights of minorities falls under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, which sent nearly 1,000 observers and nearly 600 monitors to watch potential trouble spots in 24 states during the 2006 election.
- From Justice Producer Terry Frieden