DOJ dispatches federal monitors to Milwaukee for Tuesday election
June 4th, 2012
01:26 PM ET
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DOJ dispatches federal monitors to Milwaukee for Tuesday election

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department Monday dispatched federal observers to Milwaukee to monitor the closely-watched recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division said Milwaukee is among specific voting locations required to provide assistance to Spanish speaking citizens.

The Justice Department indicated it will also send federal observers to assist Spanish-speaking voters Tuesday in elections in Fresno and Riverside Counties in California.

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Observers will also ensure language requirements are met for Native Americans in Cibola and Sandoval Counties in New Mexico. And federal observers have been sent to Alameda County, California, to ensure adequate language assistance to Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Hispanic voters.

The Justice Department declined to say how many monitors have been sent to these locations, but from past practice the number is likely in the dozens. In prior general elections, the Justice Department has sent as many as one thousand federal observers and civil rights attorneys to coordinate federal activities and work with local elections officials.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Jesus G.

    They ought to monitor if the Tea/Republicans don't tamper with the voting tally results too, not just Hispanic voters!

    June 4, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. judie2

    The Justice Department should keep it's nose out of state business. Is the aim to persuade Spanish-speakers to vote against Walker? Any degree of trust there may have originally been in Holder is long since gone. Sounds like another attempt to help the "ruling party."

    In looking over the California Primary materials, I am annoyed at the amount of material that is in Spanish. I thought one of the requirements for U.S. Citizenship was speaking English!

    June 4, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Cheryl Jefferies

    Let's see: took care of the deficit in Wisconsin. Adding money to the state's revenue. Employment better than the US rates. Taxes NOT raised, but down. Wisconsin state and municipal employees do NOT HAVE TO JOIN THE UNION TO HOLD JOB (thereby, do not have to pay union dues). And, not a single person there has lost a job. Many have gained jobs. Wow! Seems to me the only losers are the unions...the union for state and municipal employees has LOST 52 % of their membership. Gosh, no wonder the union bosses are livid. And, all those massive demonstrations when this first started? Massive numbers of people brought in FROM OUT OF STATE. Over the week-end, Clinton appeared at a rally for Walker's opponent...what were the numbers? Barely 1,000. Hopefully, tomorrow will be not just a landslide for Scott Walker, but an avalanche! And, hopefully, that will be a preview of what will happen to Obama in November.

    June 4, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. rossmick

    Be sure and get to Waukesha and keep a very close eye on the lady running that show. She is the GOP's secrect weapon.

    June 4, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. tee27

    If the tea bags are trying to steal FL so you know they are trying to do it here.

    June 4, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Gregg

    For those that wonder, there is no official language of the US, so yes we have to make sure all citizens can vote. Simply put just because a person is a citizen does not mean that they speak english. Even someone born in the US, may not speak english fluently.

    June 4, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. lolo

    @Judie2 , it is their business when the GOP/TPers are tampering with votes. They are trying to stop people from voting and if they must be babysat like little children to make sure that the right thing is being done, than so be it. Sounds like you have a little racism going on in your blog. Because of people trying to cheat this is why we have to spend more money to make sure that all elections are on the up and up.

    June 4, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. hamsta

    @ gregg english is the official language of the united states of america. if you check your law books you will find learning english is a requirement to achieve citizenship – BY LAW. its just too bad they dont enforce that law.

    June 4, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. ez

    @judie2 Yes you have to be able to speak simply English. However, being able to speak English and being able to understand complex legal language are two different things.

    June 4, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. lolo

    Another thing this is okay with you to cheat and steal to get your way? Only in America, because if you were overseas you would be punished severly for those type of tactics. I guess that is why the GOP/TPers think that they can say and do anything to get their way.

    June 4, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Doug T

    "DOJ dispatches federal monitors to Milwaukee for Tuesday election"

    Ya – the Union ballot box stuffers are going to need some help to steal this one! Good thing the Feds are coming to help them out!

    June 4, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. papawnick

    Will we see the black panthers with clubs at polling places? Will they arrest those who vote illeagly or for dead people?

    June 4, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Nameless

    There is no 'law' requiring anyone to learn/know English, FYI.

    If you can find one anywhere please reference it. Thanks.

    June 4, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. gg

    Hispanics will be allowed to vote twice since they are the minority and its not fair, the feds are coming, what a joke.

    June 4, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. RichardSRussell

    What they REALLY need are monitors in Waukesha County, whose incompetent county clerk, Kathy Nickolaus, has managed to bung up the last 2 elections. She's been removed from election-oversight duties by the county executive, but her "system" (such as it is) apparently is still in place.

    June 4, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. OBG

    Headline should have read: Obama Administration Preparing Excuse for Losing Recall In Wisconsin. Directs DOJ to claim Spanish speaking voters were dis-enfranchised – ahead of election.

    June 4, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. The Other Campaign Strategist

    English is the language of America and from a practical sense, anyone that doesn`t embrace that should not expect any consideration.

    That said, the GOP had better worry more about having policies that the NEW MAJORITY favors and less about trying to deny groups of Americans from voting. We will remember the evil you have done.

    June 4, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "I thought one of the requirements for U.S. Citizenship was speaking English!"

    You thought wrong. It's nowhere in the Constitution. And the feds need to be overseeing WI because that Waukeha hack has apparently rigged the last couple of elections. In any case, Walker will be caught up in the ongoing criminal corruption cases involving his various GOBP cronies and thugs soon enough. Keep fighting Wisconsin!

    June 4, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. ST

    Good move and 100 times better than asking Pres. Obama to go and campaign there, for only 30 minutes.

    June 4, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Former Republican for President Obama

    Good grief we have become a third world country when it comes to our right to vote. Thank you DOJ keep up the good work and don't allow our right to vote taken from us by crooks.

    June 4, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. bannister

    Holder is sending in "monitors" who won't just be monitoring – but actively participating in a "Get Out The Minority Vote" push so that the Democrats can win. That' s what's really going on here.

    June 4, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. leo

    Democratic party mantra vote early and vote often, the DOJ will protect you

    June 4, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. CybrWzrd

    I was driving through the low income inner-city Milwaukee on Saturday and the streets were like campaign central trying to get people to come into shelters to register to vote for Tuesday. Maybe they were handing out cigarettes again??? I also couldn't rent 1 of 50+ passenger vans to use for work tomorrow at a place I regularly go to because they are all reserved for TUESDAY!! It's obvious that there is some serious fraud in this election. It's a good thing that A Liberal Wisconsin judge repealed the voter ID law that would require citizens to show Identification when voting. Many times I have just walked in, said a name(mine), and then voted. That's all.... Wisconsin=Liberal Fraud.

    June 4, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. john

    Isn't this the same DOJ who gave the new black panthers a pass in 2008 when they were right out side a votong station carring batons and using intimidation? hmmm The DOJ is the one you have to watch out for. Most know that the DEMS and left nut cases are famous for fraud and elections...It the only thing you can do when you have no platform to run on....

    June 4, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Bill

    Good for the DOJ. Thise reprobates and inept clowns in Waukesha county need to be watched. They can not be trusted. Period.

    June 4, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |