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.