March 3rd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
12 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. Black Republican in New York

    I'm black and voting Republican, but the Justice department may be finally doing its job. In New York City, do you know that Obama got ZERO votes in 62 predominantly black precincts? Hillary won them all! How could the machines not be rigged to deny Obama a single vote?

    Before New Hampshire, Obama lead all opinion polls. Next day he lost by the same margin with which he led. Former contender, Dennis Kucinch filed a $2000 request for a vote recount. Why? What is the status of the request?

    The only reason why the Justice Department is getting involved is to stop crookishness, and of the four finalists in the overall race, the only one who has a question mark of her head when it comes to honesty is Hillary Clinton.

    March 3, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Black Republican in New York

    Dear Americans:
    In 2000 I lied when told tNew Yorkers how much I care about them and repeatedly denied I planned to use my senate run as a stepping stone to the White House. I entered the White House race with name recognition, nationwide DNC establishment support, a 50-point leadand and millions of campaign dollars. Super Tuesday was supposed to be wrapping up day but I never anticipated the Obama factor. My Hispanic campaign manager did not have a Plan B beyond Super Tuesday, so I hired a black woman to stop Obama's overwhelming black voter support. Didn't work. Even whites and Hispanics deserted me. Worse, I touted my 'experience' over Obama's 'change', but even though neither of us has REAL experience for this job, Obama's superior campaign organizational skills proves he is better. If I couldn't run a campaign, with all the built-in advantages I had, I cannot run your country. G'nite!

    Chilly Hilly

    March 3, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. claire

    Clearly Hillary understands the issues as is evident in the debates, that's why she gets asked the questions first. Obama is an eloquent speaker but we need someone who knows the issues and who can and will lead us to real change. Real change is a woman at the helm.

    March 3, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. capodicapi

    hahahahah all the comments are so interesting. I don't know why on earth an american in his or her right senses will vote for Hillary. It seems only those who watch every thing that happens over there on tv see through her better. Her only aim is to make history she has already single handedly drastically reduced the chances of the democratic party to regain the white house. she is like some leaders in my beloved africa who have one thought in mind, if they can't be rulers (not leaders) therefore nobody they have known as friends and family can be. its a shame. USA wake up! vote for change, vote Obama. greater opportunities in the world await americans with Obama as president.

    March 3, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |

    Who paid for the BBQ? Did CIndy cook?

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. slax

    who would have thought that a little article would cause such a rucus?

    they're doing it to ensure compliance with federal election laws after having problems in the past – from the article it sounds as though people were possibly denied being able to vote because their english was not good.

    it's called an ounce of prevention...

    hillary '08

    March 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Slap Stick

    Hmmm Sounds Like Hillary has her hands in on this one. That is why she has been so upbeat. The votes will be screwed up again as they were in New Mexico. Hmmm does anyone see the pattern....... Latino/Hispanic areas. Whats up with that?????

    March 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Michael

    Anyone who thinks U.S. elections have ever been 100-percent honest probably believes in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. The problem is, our elections seem to be becoming increasingly less honest. Beyond the obvious, that situation will ultimately lead to wide spread public scorn for the election process and disbelief in election results. History has shown over and over that citizens deprived of honest elections will inevitably find other ways to effect political change, most often violent ways. Observers are a good thing.

    March 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Gabby

    By reading the comments here I know the reason for the federal observers. Shame on you.

    Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. Lindsay Graham

    Yep, the Republican government is getting ready to pad the vote for Clinton. They know they can't beat Obama.

    Hillary has run the most disgusting campaign in the history of the Democratic party. She's incomptetent, stupid, spineless, and totally disconnected from reality. I hope she goes down in flames tomorrow with her awful lies and deceit.

    OBAMA 08!

    March 3, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Hillary For Ohio NOT Obama!

    Noboby but Hillary for the Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. democracy

    I am glad this is being done, I fear that the Clintons will go to any measure to steal the elections, thank you Dept of Justice for doing this.

    it is sad that has to be done, but the way the Clintons are doing things now a days, better to take precautions. We know they will do and say whatever it takes to stay in power.

    Go Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. ann

    This is good news. I do not trust the Obama followers. They are tblind, following like sheep, without thinking. BO is like a rock star, cult leader, or cheerleader.....not a President of the United States.

    March 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Seth

    No true American will vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    March 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Go Obama!!!!

    March 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Tray

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Real American

    Dear anonymous or should I say ignorant. Some of us are not immigrants, our ancestors were on this land long before it became part of the United States. Santa Ana sold us along with the land to the United States. Read your History. By the way we are the only people that did not get our land back after losing a war to the United States.

    March 3, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. mary

    Very typical of the press to ignore Obama's top advisor's meeting with a Canadian official regarding NAFTA. If Mrs. Clinton had been the one holding the meeting, you would be ALL over it. It's a shame that CNN has become another MSNBC.

    March 3, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. Sonia

    As long as you vote for Hillary the language won't matter.

    Remember to 2 step.

    March 3, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Carla

    Oops. I guess people DID read Hillary's "helpful" memo.

    We'll be watching you HRC.

    GO OBAMA!!

    March 3, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. Stephen Tecumseh

    I am really tired of both the Obama camp and political commentators talking about the "war within" the democratic party and what will happen if Hillary goes on after March 4. If you are all so concerned about "the war within" perhaps you should quit talking about it. You in the news media have worsened the FEVER in the democratic party. This is I believe a democracy isn't that what we fight for in all the countries that we invade. If the woman wants to continue her campaign that is HER right. We need to change leaders of the democratic party, we need to put TERM LIMITS on the Washington insiders-all of who are backing the man that wants a "Change in command" ....Ted Kennedy has been in Washington since I was a kid. What kind of real change can you bring when you are supported by what you so oftern refer to as the 'PAST"? I guess that I am the only one in America that finds that a bit confusing? And I also find that perhaps people supporting the man that "is Mr. America and was born in a manger" should look at who is at the helm of his campaign. Look at the Chief Innovation Officer – Mr. Rishad Tobaccowala, a FRENCH computer genius. Is there not a capable AMERICAN computer genius.......we want all these new jobs for American's.....what then are you giving an AMERICAN job away to a FRENCHMAN?

    What are we looking at America....a man that can give teleprompter speeches and motivate a crowd. Why does he not join the television ministry and bring millions to God?


    March 3, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Rockdad50

    Oh yea, we got to protect the rights of all those illegals with fake ID's.

    March 3, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. PS

    OJ Did It!

    March 3, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Pierce

    Good Morning,

    These comments regarding South Americans (Latin/Mexican) are in contrast and ignorant.

    Most South Americans in Texas are US citizens and have earned that right. US was the native land of the Red Indians; the closest they have to relatives at the moment.

    Driver's license (policy) is a bone that only an animal will grab. South Americans, have pride in themselves and will overlook this and vote Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Under Bill Clinton, there were many Latin in appointed key holder government positions. Barrack is aiming for the opposite.

    Let us not forget Bill Clinton's legacy when he left office in 2001 (

    "Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating, the highest end-of-presidency rating of any President who came into office after World War II."

    "Clinton presided over the longest period of peace-time economic expansion in American history..."

    "Clinton reported a surplus of $559 billion at the end of his presidency, based on Congressional accounting rules."

    Barrack is seeking to exit NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) protocol which Bill Clinton successfully made major legislature.

    Amigos, think for a moment…

    Vote Barrack, Obstruct success
    Vote Hillary, Devise the future

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic Nomination 2008

    March 3, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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