28 Counties the Justice Department Is Monitoring for Voting Rights Violations

Douglas County in Nebraska is on the list. Douglas County in Nebraska is on the list. Library of Congress Map Division

This Election Day marks the first major federal election since the Supreme Court overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act last summer, giving some states the power to regulate elections without federal oversight. The feds, however, are not stepping back from the ballot box entirely.

The Justice Department has dispatched monitors from its civil-rights division to polling places in 28 jurisdictions in 18 states. The states include Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas—all states that were previously required to receive permission from the federal government to make changes to their voting laws due to a history of racial discrimination.

The poll monitors will "gather information on, among other things, whether voters are subject to different voting qualifications or procedures on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group." They will also be checking on the availability of resources for people with disabilities.

Here's the full list of counties, by state:

Arizona

Maricopa County

California

Alameda County

Napa County

Florida

Duval County

Hillsborough County

Lee County

Orange County

Georgia

Fulton County

Gwinnett County

Illinois

Chicago

Kansas

Finney County

North Carolina

Robeson County

Nebraska

Colfax County

Douglas County

New Jersey

Bergen County

New Mexico

Cibola County

New York

Orange County

Ohio

Cuyahoga County

Hamilton County

Lorain County

Pennsylvania

Lehigh County

South Carolina

Richland County

South Dakota

Charles Mix County

Shannon County

Tennessee

Shelby County

Texas

Harris County

Waller County

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

The Justice Department is also asking citizens in all polling stations across the country to report any complaints about their voting experience, and it's giving them four different ways to do so: Voters can call, fax, email, or submit a form on the department's website.

(Image via Library of Congress Map DIvision)

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