The Justice Department sent monitors to five Michigan cities, including Detroit, for Election Day | Politics & Elections | Detroit

click to enlarge Polling place in Detroit.  - Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling

Polling place in Detroit.

The Department of Justice sent monitors to five Michigan cities, including Detroit, to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws on Election Day.

The decision comes amid growing concerns about voter attrition and potential disruptions at polling stations.

Monitors from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division sent monitors to 64 jurisdictions and 24 states.

The screens will be in Detroit, Southfield, Pontiac, Flint and Grand Rapids.

The Civil Rights Division is responsible for enforcing the voting rights laws.

The supervisors are tasked with responding to complaints about possible violations of voting rights legislation.

Anyone witnessing violations is asked to call 800-253-3931 and should also contact local election officials.

At least three groups led by election conspiracists plan to challenge voters in Michigan on Tuesday.

A group called the Election Integrity Force plans to send election challengers to every county to search for voters they believe are not legally registered to vote. They will be armed with lists of ineligible voters. On its website, the Election Integrity Force boasts of its “lawsuit to expose the 2020 Michigan election.”

Another group, established by the America Project, an organization led by allies of former President Donald Trump, is recruiting citizen election monitors to observe drop boxes and polling places. The American Project invited pollsters and challengers to attend trainings by Michigan Citizens of Election Integrity, another group that falsely claimed Detroit stole the 2020 election from Trump.

On Monday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy vowed to prosecute anyone who threatens or intimidates voters.

“The right to vote is one of the most important functions of our democratic system of government,” Worthy said in a statement. “We must be vigilant in protecting the right of our citizens to be free from intimidation and the threat of harm. In these times, it is necessary to show that we are committed to every voter’s ability to safely cast their ballot regardless of their political affiliation, race, ethnicity, religion, gender or gender identity. Discrimination and threats will not be tolerated during our election process.”

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