The Justice Department of President Biden dispatched election monitors to 64 jurisdictions in 24 states to guarantee that federal laws are observed during Election Day.
While the DOJ sending out election monitors is standard practice, the move signals a significant increase over 2020, when the DOJ sent out monitors to only 44 jurisdictions, according to the Washington Post. The monitors will be present in significant numbers in many critical swing states, including Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
“Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Division has routinely supervised elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country to protect voters’ rights. The Civil Rights Division will also accept public complaints about alleged breaches of federal voting rights statutes through its contact center across the country “The Department of Justice announced the shift in a statement.
The White House has warned that due to the procedure of tallying mail-in ballots, which are sometimes tabulated after in-person ballots are cast on Election Day, results may not be evident on Election Day.