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Michigan communities on DOJ election watch

Hilary Farrell
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US Justice Department monitors are in place in five Michigan cities to step in, if necessary, if there are problems at polling places, absentee ballot drop boxes, or counting stations

The cities are Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Southfield and Grand Rapids. Mark Totten is the US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. He says the monitors will include attorneys and personnel from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

“Just to be eyes on the ground, make sure everything is going smoothly and then be ready, ready to respond if needed.”

Totten says the department is keeping an eye out for instances of voter intimidation, threats to election officials or poll workers, and credible claims of election fraud.

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