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Tuesday's election to be closely monitored

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Department of Justice will deploy field agents to the Mid-South Tuesday to monitor the election.

U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton made the announcement at a press conference late Monday morning.

"This office is committed to ensuring that every vote is maintained with the highest amount of integrity," he said.

Stanton, flanked by FBI special agent in charge Amy Hess and Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Bailey, said his office will put a microscope on the election process.

"We're talking about federal violations," Stanton said. "We're talking about if somebody feels there's been some type of suppression based on their race or their color, religion or national origin."

"Campaign finance allegations - improprieties there, voter fraud or ballot fraud, as well as access to polling stations under our civil rights program," Hess added.

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice will deploy 400 federal observers to 30 jurisdictions across 18 states.  Stanton will send field agents to precincts across the Shelby County, and local FBI agents will monitor from their field office.

"We do have agents stationed in all of our field offices to take complaints on election day and through the next 72-hour period for any issues related to the election," Hess said.

Stanton would not say if Shelby County was chosen because several Democratic candidates sued the election commission over alleged "voting irregularities."
 
"That was a joint decision that was made between this office and individuals in the Civil Rights Division," he said.

A judge recently dismissed the lawsuit against the Election Commission.

Stanton says Assistant District Attorney Justin Bailey will field all complaints on Tuesday.

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