DOJ monitoring election day in Shelby County, nationwide - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

DOJ monitoring election day in Shelby County, nationwide

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On the eve of Election Day, the federal government said it will be stepping in to ensure election security as ballots are cast. 

The Department of Justice will be at various polling sites throughout the nation, including Shelby County, to ensure voters are not bullied or kept from voting for the candidate of their choice.

Shelby County Election Commission said this is nothing new and the goal is to ensure everyone who wants to vote is provided a chance to do so. Nationwide the DOJ will be in 67 jurisdictions.

DOJ will be taking a closer look at how the general election is handled. 

Shelby County is the only location in Tennessee that made the DOJ list, but election officials said this has been happening for years.

"They are looking just to make sure there are no violations of civil rights," Linda Phillips, Shelby County Administrator of Elections, said.

Phillips, with the Shelby County Election Commission, said poll workers will be ensuring voters are treated fairly, civil rights are not violated, and provisional ballots are handed out on a consistent basis.

"My big thing is that every person who shows up to vote should be allowed to vote," Phillips said.

The DOJ suggest if you have a complaint at the polling place, you should report it to the local elections officials, but anything related to intimidation should be reported to police and the DOJ.

Phillips also wants to remind voters to bring a photo ID and use the stylists to make your candidate selections.

"If you don't like that, touch it again and it goes away," Phillips said.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you are in line at 7 p.m. you will be given the opportunity to vote.

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