Roll Call reports:
When Americans head to the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections, voters in 35 counties — from Las Vegas to Dallas to Tampa — will head to precincts that are being closely monitored by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for “compliance with the federal voting rights laws,” the DOJ announced Monday.
“Voting rights are constitutional rights, and they’re part of what it means to be an American,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. Sessions also warned that “fraud in the voting process will not be tolerated.”
The list of jurisdictions that the DOJ will monitor comprises 35 counties, including many that election experts say are pivotal battlegrounds for the outcomes of roughly a half-dozen neck-and-neck Senate races and even more House races.
As the above-linked article notes, the counties on the DOJ’s list are largely those that tend to “tilt Democratic.” This includes counties in Florida, Texas, and Arizona, where control of the Senate may be decided.