WASHINGTON (CNN) - Federal election monitors are being dispatched to South Dakota to protect Native American voting rights on Tuesday, the final day of primary elections in the Democratic presidential nomination race.
Officials in the Justice Department's civil rights division announced they would send an unspecified number of observers "to watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations" in Todd, Shannon, Bennett, Jackson, and Mellette counties in South Dakota.
Native Americans comprise more than 94 percent of the population in Shannon County, and 85 percent of the population in Todd County. More than 40 percent of residents in the two counties live below the poverty line.
Native Americans make up more than 8 percent of the state's population, making them the largest minority group in South Dakota.
Several voting rights lawsuits have been filed in Todd and Shannon counties, which fall under a section of the Voting Rights Act which prohibits officials from changing voting procedures without Justice Department approval.
Courts have noted low voter turnout and found discriminatory efforts to dilute Native American representation through redistricting.
As is customary, Justice Department officials would not disclose exactly where the monitors will be nor what they will be looking for, but said any problems spotted would be reported promptly to government civil rights attorneys.
The Justice Department said it is also sending monitors to Perry County, Alabama; Alameda and Riverside Counties in California; Salem County, New Jersey; and Cibola and Sandoval counties in New Mexico to protect minority voting rights in Tuesday balloting.
Why so much hate? Someone give me legitamate answers why they HATE the DNC and OBama....furthermores list me negative things BO has said about HRC or even about her character....?????????
I think he has been a total Christian throughout this process!!!
VOTE BOB BARR in 2008!
More Hategate. Yawwwwnnn.
What the heck? Nothing on topic here.
Michael Moore - said it best my friends
I regret my last comment. I misspoke under sniper fire
If I have to see one more picture of HRC I am going to hurl!
another confused individual...how do you go from Hillary to McCain. You know ,you are one of these people that vote just cause is a priviledge...have you followed this whole political run...obviously not..i will say the same thing I said to the other confused individual THomas...take a look at the economy, i'm sure you know someone that lost their home or lost their job..cant afford heathcare..these are the thing you vote for..STOP being so BITTER and think about it.
What kind of EVIL people would supress a minority group and not allow them to Vote?
FOR LUCY this wont make it to the CONVENTION GO HOME WITH BILLARY McCAIN
We are all Floridian ready to vote for OBAMA
I'm really glad to hear that. I know that in other states there have been problems with voting machines, etc., especially in states that have smaller minority (meaning non-white) populations. All the broken machines seem to be in these populations. Makes one wonder, I'm glad they are keeping an eye on things this time.
CNN PLEASE DON'T DELETE MY COMMENTS:
I AGREE THAT LOU NEEDS TO BE FIRED....ALL HE TALKS ABOUT IS IMMIGRATION...I WONDER WHO BUILD HIS HOUSE AND WHO IS CUTTING HIS LAWN?
CNN PLEASE POST THIS. WE ARE FREE TO EXPRESS OURSELVES...WHY HAVE THIS FORUM IF YOU CAN'T USE IT.
This is dumb. I'm leaving.
The original Americans, the Native Americans, vote should be protected. Both Obama and Clinton supporters should work together to protect their votes.
I do not like trust or like the Clintons. They are part of the reason after the 90's, I changed from a Democrat to an Independent. Many Clinton supporters do not like Obama. They are some things I like about Obama but I am probably more anti-Clinton than I am pro-Obama. I liked McCain back in 2000, but the 2008 McCain sold out to the Bush and the Republican establishment. He is no longer the maverick. Maybe Obama and Clinton can co-exist. If Obama is present, he can keep an eye on Clinton. For Hillary supporters, with Hillary present, she can keep an eye on Obama. I suppose both camps can agree to disagree. This is EXTREMELY difficult to say. Both camps should co-exist on one ticket to make sure that we do not get 4 more years of idiotic Bush policies by defeating John McCain.
Honestly, I wouldn't put anything past the clinton's. They have shown how trifling they are. And the Indians endorsed Barack a while back.
BrutallyHonest- If you want to claim that Latinos will favor John McCain over Obama, your sadly mistaken. Go check the powitions of these two candidates on Latin American policies and see who they will actually favor...
When the race gets to the final two, it will be painfully obvious to all that we can't have the same old policies that have gotten us into the mess we are in today...
Clinton for Secretary of State!
It doesn't really matter that McCain might beat Obama. The Hillary camp with their argument clearly state that Obama isn't good enough to beat John McCain. Well since Hillary can't beat Obama then clearly out of the three she's the inferior and failed candidate.
Saying Obama isn't good enough does not validate Hillary Clinton, in fact it just exposes how truly pathetic and awful a candidate she is, EVEN Obama can beat her.
Hillary will try ANYTHING for just one more day. This stuff was tossed around here in Texas too and to no avail. If there were any voter rights violations it was the entrenched Texas democrats who WOULD NOT hand out the caucus packages until late late late in the evening well after the last voter. It was to discourage all those who turned out for Obama. That was the ONLY reason to do it.
Not that it should matter but it always does seem to matter, for the record I am a proud Obamacan and a white older woman. Obama has won a whole lot more than just the black vote.
I change my mind. I want Obama to choose Clinton for VP.
Let's CRUSH the Republicans.
Only an idiot or Republican would vote for McCain... wait a minute thats redundant.
vote for HIllary,
We have visited your state, and like it there. nice people!
Please vote for Hillary Clinton
You Obama fans need us we do not need you so stop the hate, you won this time but could lose in the fall. Grow up !!!!
It's an insult to the American people that we have to have the Feds watch an election to make sure that our Native Americans get treated fairly. What has this country come to? I thought we were the "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". Anyone preventing Native Americans from voting should be dealt with through the legal system.
dobbs has to go. petition signed.
ps. just so cnn knows. I CHANGE THE CHANNEL! when he is on.
Obama is something new, not a member of the old boys club. He has the potential to change the face of politics, he won't play the old game. Obama stands for real change, our hopes for the future can be entrusted with him.