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. Texican

    Steve, you hit the nail on the head and hit some liberals in the process. As a 7th Generation Texan of Mexican descent we don't need this extra cost to our elections. Citizens are required to speak and write the English Language before becoming citizens. This is part of the citizenship test. Where did we fail? Now we get monitors as if this is a 3rd world country.

    March 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Vig

    Clinton will win Texas and Ohio because of the good will and sentiment among Latino's toward her. Obama has just started pandering to the Latino community AFTER he lost California and New York and it's because Latinos voted for Hillary. Latinos will put Hillary over the top – wait and watch the upset.

    March 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Hillary 08

    Well, I'm glad to see this because Obama's people have been using some pretty strong arm tactics in the previous caucuses. There have been reports of Hillary's elderly voters being turned away altogether by the precinct workers telling them they were in the wrong place when they were in fact not. And also reports of heckling and intimidation. Yeah, that's our democracy for you.

    March 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. ben

    To my friends of Mexican descent.
    Vote for a man that not only can, but will help you in the years ahead.
    You will learn the the word MEXICAN does not have to be replaced with LATINO. My wife is MEXICAN and she is very proud of it!
    Vote for Obama

    March 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. jo

    People stop being so what if they have it in Spanish..we are a country of immigrants...if not shake your tree and see where your ancestors came from.

    March 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. rayjay

    If this gives everyone a vote who is intitled great

    March 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. EFabian

    I'm voting for change.
    I'm voting for Hillary.

    No No NOBAMA.

    Go Go GO HILLARY!!

    March 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Virginia

    I would be surprised if Obama won Texas and Hillary called for a recount. And then sued Texas because the Texas two-step didn't work in her favor.

    March 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. judy

    ABOVE are more reasons Latinos, elderly, middle-aged or young, should support Hillary, because, as you can see, the media keeps printing all the nasty comments people are making about Hillary, but will not print anything that opposes Obama's nomination.

    Hillary, may you win in both Texas and Ohio!

    March 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. simon

    why is it necessary to provide voting info in Spanish?
    Are there legitimate voters that cannot read English?
    How has a erson attained citizenship without reading English?

    Is the same provided for any legitimate voter in the USA that English is not their first language? Chinese/ American, French/ American, Icelandic/ American?

    March 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. John White, Texas

    Sen. Clinton is over and she has run her campaign and showed the world that she is not the democratic candidate of choice. Sen. Obama is the candidate of choice.

    Sen. Clinton is now running a campaign of slash and burn against Sen. Obama. She has gone so far as to imply an endorsement of Sen. McCain over her fellow democratic Sen. Obama. How can she do this and still say she is a definite democrat?

    It is one thing to be pro democrat. It is another thing for her to prove herself to be a liar and a republican disguised as a democrat. Clinton is wrong and should not be supported by democratic voters.

    Obama 08!

    March 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Ms Dee

    OBAMA ALL THE way in 2008 !!!

    Texas we can do it !!!

    March 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. hopeful

    Sad commentary that the Feds need to protect voters these days. However, after losing to the Supreme Court and Florida, democrats must be wary of those who are still fighting the Civil War with all its divisive issues of race, color, gender, etc. GO OBAMA but watch your back.......

    March 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. CHERYL


    March 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Nacy

    Vote for BARACK OBAMA.
    A man with a million qualities.
    World has not seen anything like before.
    It will send a strong signal for the whole world leaders to engage in
    right kind of democracy.

    Vote for BARACK OBAMA.
    God bless him.

    March 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. tom

    I guess the Feds also thinks the Clintons will try to steal the election. She cannot be trusted with anything!! Go away Hillary–and take Bill with you.

    March 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Tracy Minnesota

    Oh what I wouldn't give to see someone slap the horse manure out of Rush. He is without a doubt the lowest form of life to ever burden us with his putred drug addicted breath. I wish someone would make him follow his own advice and put him in jail for life for using illegal drugs! This is a man "loosely speaking" who avoided fighting in Vietnam because he had pimples on his backside......I'm surprised they could identify where backside started and ended on this coward!

    March 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. SHAWN

    I think that another problem what Mrs. Clinton has is that people do not believe her...means she really has this trust issue with the voters. I surveyed more than 500 voters and asked them their reason for choosing Obama ? About 10% of them said that becuase they cannot trust Hillary.

    One of the person went on to say that "she will serve coffee, donuts or what have you ...but after the lection is over ...she would turn back into that dry, rude and non-connecting person"

    March 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I wish someone would show me a true "American," didn't everyone land here?

    March 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Bayou Joe

    Steve got it right and you liberals are going bonkers. People who come from other countries such as Mexico have to apply for citizenship and part of the requirement is that they speak, read and write the English Language. Only citizens are allowed to vote, so why do we need literature in any other language. Why not Chinese, Vietnamese, French or Geman while we are at it? Enough said.

    March 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Wayne, Wentzville MO

    I am very glad to see that the U.S. Department of Justice, is taking a pro-active stance in Texas, in order to insure that everything is on the level, and that no voters rights will be denied during the election process.

    March 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. joseph

    Steve Campbell


    March 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Jazz

    If that's what it takes to ensure a fair election, great! May the best woman win!! Real Demoncrats Don't Quit!!

    March 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Bayou Joe

    Hillary will do more for the Hispanic/Mexican community than Obama. We know where his loyalties lie. and lie and lie and l ie

    March 3, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Tvine

    The caucus rules are heavily favored to the young voters, any support to get people to caucus or vote is a good thing. We are democrats! I have talked to so many older voters that can't get to the caucus, and that is in itself, undemocratic.

    BTW: It is the Obama extremists that have been bulling and swaying the caucus closures. I have seen it now in three states first hand. Would you, as a 40 year old woman, go up against a twenty year old male that is screaming in your face? That has been the reality of the caucus during this primary. It breaks my heart that women are victimized this way,

    March 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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