Reuters: Exclusive: US Curtails Federal Election Observers


Relying on Justice Department personnel to monitor elections is "a far cry" from federal observers who are statutorily authorized to be inside the polling place, said Gerry Hebert, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Campaign Legal Center.

Hebert, a former senior Justice Department voting rights official, oversaw teams of federal observers in the U.S. South before leaving the department in 1994.

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