Department of Justice to observe election in Davidson County
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Davidson County voters may notice something different at their polling place on Election Day.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced plans on Friday to send 780 federal observers to 51 jurisdictions in 23 states to monitor the general election.
"Voting is supposed to be the most fair and equal playing field we have in our democracy. Everyone should have access to the ballot box no matter how much money they have," said Mary Mancini, Executive Director of Tennessee Citizen Action.
"What the Department of Justice sees is that there's a problem in Davidson County," Mancini told Nashville's News 2.
Mancini cited tactics she says are at odds with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or language group.
"The poll workers in Davidson County are being taught to challenge voters on the basis of their language skills," said Mancini.
The Department of Justice regularly sends personnel to monitor elections.
"They are charged with protecting the rights of the citizens of this country," said Mancini.
Anyone who encounters problems on Election Day, Mancini and her staff at Tennessee Citizen Action will be manning a hotline at 615-852-5525 to respond to any Davidson County issues.