March 3rd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 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


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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. OBAMA 2008

    The exagerated lies about Obama are about to begin.
    Well, noone is perfect. Remember Hillary's crooked land
    deals.
    The relentlessness toward OBAMA will be coming from both sides. The Democrats and the Republicans. Hillary wants to win and The
    Republicans want her to win. Wonder Why?????

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. dave

    Where the heck were they during the 2000 national elections? Not in Florida.

    March 3, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Elizabeth Sloane

    Just a "little" correction here, as I have heard the BIG mistake on blogs before. LATINOS ARE NOT MEXICANS, if they were they couldn't vote. You can call them Mexican Americans if you like, but please remember that they are AMERICANS!

    March 3, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Ann

    This is a good decision. Especially for caucuses where Obama supporters have been very aggressive.

    Hillary'08!

    March 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. kathleen

    BRAVO!!!We should have done that before Bush won.
    This time I think we should have the NATIONAL GUARD
    police the elections in every state. Oh, the National Guard
    has been sent to Iraq. Well, let's just keep it fair for the
    sake of our nation and to teach our childred that all
    Politicians are not crooked.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    Good, it will keep the Obama cry babies form yelling, rigged to the top of their lungs.

    March 3, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. kathleen

    IF BILLARY wins, we can then call our Country a MONARCHY.
    When two families stay in office as President of the US.
    for so long it is a travesty and just not good for our country.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Veronica in CA

    I am sorry to see all the hateful comments on this thread toward Mexicans. The reason ballots are in Spanish as well as English is because we VOTED that in years ago. Many US citizens do not speak or read English well enough to fully understand what they are voting for.

    I'm glad inspectors will be in Texas. From what I've heard, speaking to Texans all over the state, is that an alarming number don't understand the process, and some are attempting to appropriate the caucus for their own candidate against the rules.

    GO HILLARY.

    March 3, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Teresa

    Hillary has demonstrated that she'll goes as far as fabrication of stories unheard of. If shell do that to her fellow Senators in Congress no telling what she'll do in the Oval office. She is not to be trusted. Her campaign analysts and pr's should be fired for being dishonest to her voters and to the nation for her outrageous whining and fabrication.

    March 3, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Trev

    Good! I think this is a no-brainer regardless of who you support.

    Hillary 08

    March 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. KJ, CA

    This is good news, especially after seeing the memo from the Clinton camp encouraging their people in the caucuses to "not allow" representatives of other campaigns into leadership positions.

    March 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Sherylanne

    I'm so tired of hearing Obama repeating how Clinton voted on Iraq and he was against it.

    HELLO PEOPLE, he wasn't in the Senate then and didn't have a vote! Since he's been in the Senate he and Clinton both voted the SAME...

    Wake up people.

    March 3, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Bill

    Go Hillary ......................................08...................................................

    March 3, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Luis

    GO GO GO OBAMA GO, NOTHING CAN STOP YOU

    March 3, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Roland

    If learning English is a prerequisite to be a citizen, then it should be a prerequisite to vote as well...Odds are, if you failed the English part of the citizenship test, you shouldn't be voting.

    God, why is our country so backwards?

    March 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. jp/michigan

    Everyone deserves a safe and fair opportunity to vote, regardless of who they vote for.

    March 3, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. krissy

    Why are Latinos voting for Hillary? She has never shown that she has their best interest at heart. She can't even articulate her ideas on immigration, for goodness sakes!

    Obama is by far the best candidate, his policy ideas are much more realistic than hers.

    OBAMA 08!

    March 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Gary

    Its your lost for a real change for a better America,if Hillary loses.Why dont you research the facts before you Obama voters go his way.You have one chance to save our country and that is voting the real qualified leader Hillary.If not ,your going to see the worst Civil War you have ever been in.America is blind for the truth. I guess you voters have to see this country fall before you will wake up. I guess 911 wasnt bad enough for you all.His strength is his money and mouth.You have been warned by the facts ,but decieve to believe.Its to bad you couldnt think the same way about HRC ,who is your only answer to the Democrats.She will stand tall and keep fighting ,because she is a real leader. She dont have to be a copy cat like Obama,and a follower to everyone else ,speeches ,ideals etc. God help us all . concerned viet nam Vet

    March 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. VERY GOOD

    NO OBAMA PEOPLE BEING BUSSED IN FROM ALL OVER THE US TO VOTE IN TEXAS. IT IS VERY SUSPICIOUS THAT HE IS BEHIND SO MANY POINTS IN ONE ELECTION AND THEN THE NEXT WEEK IT IS NECK & NECK. WHERE DO ALL THOSE PEOPLE COME FROM? WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS HAPPENED IN OHIO AND ALSO HAPPENED IN ALL THE OTHER OPEN PRIMARIES A& STUDPID CAUCUSES OBAMA HAS BEEN WINNING

    March 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. K.Celina from IL!!!!

    ONLY HILLARY COULD CHANGE THIS WORLD !!!!!!!
    MRS CLINTON IS THE BEST CANDIDATE !!!!!!!!!!!
    HILLARY 2008 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Gary

    Latino Americans. Dont bite the hand that fed you and really cared. Hillary will always be by your sides.Dont get swept away by a smooth talker,hypocryt and un qualified canadate. America needs Hillary ,a real leader. Go Hillary

    March 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. E. Jimenez

    We latino's need to stick together. I was leaning toward Hilary till she forced one of our own Patti Solis Doyle to quit, Remember??? Is this what we can expect from her. Get what she wants and then throw us to the side. We are smarter then that. We latino's need to stick together and vote Obama.

    March 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Sally

    This is good. Especially since it has been reported that Hillary has circulated information about the caucuses that are suggestive of using unethical tactics to silence opposition. Go figure, the Billary oligarchy would do anything to keep our government as "the rule of the few."

    March 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. MelanieL

    Good news, for Hillary supporters – please send all the monitors to the evening caucus centers to protect us from being hectored and bullied by Obama supporters, whose 'enthusiasm' gets the better of them.

    Hillary '08!

    March 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. aware

    Great! Hillary the HOPE of 08! She is the smart choice! :)

    March 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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