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. Connie

    As a person who worked in Social Services in Northern Virginia in the early eighties when a lot of Vietnamese refugees were coming to America, I can tell you that they interchanged green cards and social security cards much of the time. I am not a racist (all ancestors came from somewhere else except Native Americans), but it is a fact that we could not account for or verify that people were who they said they were. We were instructed by the federal and state gov't basically to let it go as we could not prosecute them for fraud. I mention this only because I see the potential for this happening with the large number of Mexicans who'll be voting and supposedly for Sen. Clinton. How many are legal (no problem) and how many aren't (big problem)? Election officials, provided they are truly impartial, should be there.

    March 3, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. jaybee

    To all Hillary's supporters in Texas, please remember to attend your local caucus. We need to win the caucuses as well as the primary for Hillary!!

    ** HILLARY CLINTON 2008 **

    March 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Will

    Yes, protect us from bad things happening like they did in NM and NY that all involved Clinton sponsors.

    March 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. derry

    Hillary Rodham Clinton for President '08

    Go Girl!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. BG - Texas

    E. Jimenz:
    So what has Obama done for Hispanics that all of a sudden he needs the Latino's undying support??

    At least Patti Solis had her turn at bat – too bad she struck out – it happens. Whatever happend to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? No longer needed?

    At least Bill had 3 Latinos in his Cabinet – How many do you think Obama will have?

    March 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. juan Dominguez from Texas

    TEXAS FOR OBAMA!!! Why vote for Hillary? what have she done so far? 35 year of experience?? What a joke!!!

    Mi voto es tuyo!!! VIVA OBAMA

    March 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. LatinoNation

    The Feds are there to watch the Obama people not clinton and i wounder why ask his friend who was in court today !

    March 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. jackie

    I am from Canada and it blows my mind that you guys wouldn't vote for Hillary.. The clintons got you guys out of a trillion dollar debt and because she has the experience from previous years Bill clinton and Hillary could make the United States economy good again. Obama is a good man, but Hillary could get you guys back to where you guys once were. Wake up. Our dollar is higher than yours now..

    March 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. MikeSmith

    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.

    March 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Marco

    I am glad they are bringing in the feds to make sure voting is on the up and up. Since not all Latinos will be voting for Hillary...

    Go Obama!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. memaw in Texas

    It is politics as usual for the Clinton's. Was it just last week that Bill Clinton said the Hillary must win Texas and Ohio in order for her to stay in the race? Now, the bar has been lowered again. If she wins Ohio she will stay in the race. The problem with Hillary is she thought she would be coronated as Queen and never dreamed that a little known Senator Obama would become the hope of a Nation. Now, that she cannot win on the issues she starts to sling mud. I am not sure the Clinton's want to start this type of campaign. After all I remember Bill Clinton telling this nation "I did not have sex with that woman" DNA does not lie. We can also talk about White Water and many other lies and deceptions during the Clinton years. The Clinton's do not care about this Nation if they did Bill Clinton would have quit when he was impeached. It almost took the National Guard to get them out of the White House. When they did leave the White House they stole everything that wasn't bolted down. I really hope that people remember the Clinton years as they really occurred. Yes it would be nice to have a woman in the White House, but not Hillary Clinton. Lets bring hope and inspiration to the White House. Elect Obama for President.

    March 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. J Parham

    Don't forget where GEORGE W is from. THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU!!!!! Georgie Boy!!

    March 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. jackie

    Not only could she help your countries economy , but it would take less time to get your country back to where it should be. Your country is in a recession and ppl are losing their houses. The faster you can fix the economy the better. Obama could do it no doubt, but he would have to start from scratch.

    March 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Ohio

    Go Obama!!!!!! Ohio for Obama!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Randy

    Clinton is making her expected last rage – against everything and everyone. Her supposed entitlement is slipping through her fingers like sand. Lies and evil will never prevail. With the unfortunate need for inspectors, she will have no recourse at the grand finale of her demise.
    Stay Calm Obama – you know who and what drives you! No power from Hell can rob you of that which is given to you.

    March 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. linda hemmingsen

    well here comes all the hillary haters once again trying to sway the vote to obama. everytime there is an election the pure venom comes out.these obama supporters are really about gettting along and uniting aren't they. what a bunch of racists they don't like latinos the way they are talking here but they will like them till they vote.i agree after watching every election on tv. the pressure the obama camp uses in these caucas is real. why can't you just vote like we do in canada tick off a name and place it in a box or machine. that way no one is getting influenced to change a vote on election day. for all the hillary haters why not take a look at yourselfs for a change look how terriable you are treating the black superdrelegates with all the vile threats to go to obama or else. talk about dirty!!!!! i am a canadian and i say latinos vote for who you want and i wish hillary all the best in ohio and texas because she would be the best president

    March 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. kwame

    Great, The Obama cult followers cannot force people to go to their side or steal the votes. GO HILLARY, THE SMART CHOICE WE ARE TIRED OF A LIAR LIKE OBAMA, WHO SAYS ONE THING IN OHIO AND TALKS DIFFERENTLY TO CANADIANS ON NAFTA. WHAT A PHONY

    March 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. PCS / North Carolina

    Connie March 3rd, 2008 6:39 pm ET

    Excellent observation connie, that is why we should have a photo ID system like all other developed countries.

    March 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Eugene Markelli

    After New Mexico this should take place in every single primary and caucus and be made as transparent as possible!!.

    March 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. karen

    I'm praying for you Hillary, go get Obama!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Jack

    If there have been complaints in these counties it's great to see observers and monitors in place. Let's keep this election fair and make sure all eligible votes are counted.

    Go Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. OBAMA 08

    Same guys that monitored the bush vote count in Florida? They did a great job there.

    March 3, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. Franky

    "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."

    Doesn't that sound cool? "The...Justice Department"???? I gotta say, now that's a sound byte, LOL!!!

    March 3, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Roz

    ballots in spanish,indeed, hope they're making sure of citizenship

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. LJ

    Wow, as if being able to read the ballot is our major concern. Personally, I would rather a ballot be printed in Spanish, Italian, Greek, Swahili and instead force voters to take courses in basic economics, political science, world relations... I think that intelligence on the issues matters so much more than the actual language used on the ballot...

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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