CLEVELAND — Federal observers from the U.S. Justice Department will travel to Cuyahoga County on Tuesday to see if the area is indeed compliant with state election laws.
The DOJ made the announcement on the eve of Election Day, with Cuyahoga one of 64 jurisdictions across the country on its list (and Ohio’s only one). The department’s Civil Rights Division “has regularly monitored field elections” since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and will also receive any complaints of potential violations from citizens nationwide.
Officials did not specify why Cleveland and Cuyahoga County would receive midterm monitors, but noted that possible violations include “voter intimidation and voter suppression based on race, color, national origin or religion” as well as “complaints of violence, threats of violence or intimidation.” Other communities on the DOJ list include Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Miami, among others.
Those wishing to file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division may do so by calling (800) 253-3931 or logging on to civilrights.justice.gov. In addition, potential violations of election laws related to the Americans with Disabilities Act may be reported to (800) 514-0301 or (833) 610-1264, or if ada.gov.