March 3rd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Election monitors to Texas for primaries

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

Filed under: Texas
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. LatinoNation

    thats say something to me that mexicans will hopefully get a fare election or will Obama people prevent mexicans from voting??

    March 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Steve Campbell

    I live in Fort Bend County and we are not a third world country. Why in the world we need ballots printed in Spanish is beyond me since only US citizens should be voting and anyone who is a US citizen should have enough grasp of the English language to tell one candidate from the other.

    This is absolutely ridiculous and another good reason that the Republic of Texas should secede from the Union.

    March 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. dallasiteforhillary

    Good news.

    March 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Manuel TX


    Beyond the vote, I urge all Hillary supporters to attend your local caucus.

    Go Hillary!


    March 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Law Student

    I'm glad to see this is being done, but it's sad that it's even necessary in this day and age.

    March 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Deana

    Brazos County? This is where Texas A&M is located. Wonder what is going on that they need monitors there.

    March 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Obama's MOMENTUM

    Thank you. Protect our votes and make each one count. That
    is what "the people" want. No more cheating to win!!!!

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. jessica

    I am glad – the last thing we need is a recount in Texas.

    Go Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Independent in Texas

    Ok, but I thought in order to gain citizenship you had to be able to understand English. No problem with Spanish being included on the ballot, but let's hope voters citizenship is also verified. I would put nothing past Hillary's crew.

    March 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Texas

    So are the going to stop Hillary supporters from closing the doors an half an hour early like they did in Nevada? Don't worrk though, Obama supporters are bringing video tapes to show any wrong doing to the media.

    Lets see how straight this vote will be....

    March 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Fay

    This obviously shows that Clinton would not win against the republicans. Please Democrats vote for Obama! Let's not draw this thing out!

    March 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. kathleen

    Fair is what the American people want. For all the votes to
    be counted and not to let a crooked race happen again.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Pete

    If they can't speak english (at least enough to understand the ballot) they probably shouldn't be voting.

    March 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. andrew jones

    Yes, we need to make sure that Hispanics are voting with their proper ID's; but I am sure Billary doesn't care, because she wants to win by hook or crook!

    By the way, why a spanish ballot papers? This is America and not Mexico!



    March 3, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Sara

    Good, keep Clinton from trying to steal election. Obama 08'

    March 3, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. david

    Go Hillary! Texas attend your primary AND local caucases! Deliver for Hillary! and she WILL deliver for you!

    March 3, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. kathleen

    Yeas! That's what American needs is honesty. Too bad that
    the elections need police. American feel cheated because
    the elections in the past were controled.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I am non-hispanic and support Obama and this is the right thing to do to ensure people get their voting rights. Remember it was the government that delayed some Latinos citizenship papers, delayed for a year, which would not allow those who paid and applied to vote. These people who are eligible should have their right protected and should not be denied regardless of who they chose as a candidate.

    March 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Bill

    Just remember that Fort Bend is home to the former bug exterminator and now former Rep. Tom Delay. No wonder they need voting monitors.

    Go anyone but Bush!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Jed in Texas

    Will illegals try to vote?You bet they will.They smell a free ride from health care to citizenship,to taking your job.Ive seen them running huge cranes ,making 30 bucks and more an hour.Guess they are jobs Americans dont want.

    March 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Dave

    WHy would we want Mexicans to vote? United States citizens should be the voters. Right? Shouldnt those citizens be able to read English?

    March 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Texas

    Mr Campbell,
    Those words are very hateful. I do wish you would retract your comment. That hurt me, and I am a United States citizen.

    March 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Texican

    Why monitors? we are not Mexico. This is America folks the land of the free and the home of the brave. We don't need some stinking liberals coming down to oversee our elections. You keep this up and we will secede from the Union and take our oil and refineries with us.

    Then you will see how expensive gas will be for yall.

    March 3, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Go Hillary!
    Go Hillary!
    Go Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Uncle Sam

    Hillary will still find a problem with the process after she loses.

    March 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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