Feds Send Election Monitors to Texas

Steven Pickering
November 05, 2018 - 5:46 pm
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TARRANT CO. (KRLD) - Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice will be monitoring Tuesday's elections in three Texas counties. Staffers from the Civil Rights Division will be in Tarrant County, Harris County and Waller County. Their task will be to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws.

The Tarrant County Elections Administration Department issued a statement saying it welcomes representatives from the Department of Justice. That statement also describes the measure as a "common practice" for the Department of Justice, and says it "should not be a sign of concern for anyone".

Harris County includes Houston and has the largest population of any county in Texas. Waller County is home to Prairie View A and M University. Several students at that historically-black college had sued the county last month over the lack of early voting locations on or near campus. After the lawsuit was filed, Waller County added new early voting locations.