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Justice Department to monitor election in Tennessee

Published: Thursday August 3, 2006

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The United States Justice Department will monitor today's primary and local elections in Shelby County, Tennessee, RAW STORY has learned.

The County includes the city of Memphis. Memphis has been the site of questionable election management, including a recent election in Shelby where a number of ballots were "cast" by the dead.

The Department indicated in a release today that it, "will watch and record activities during voting hours at various polling locations in the city to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act."

The law's renewal, recently signed by President Bush, had become a source of controversy within certain Congressional Republican factions.

The Department's statement, obtained by RAW STORY, indicated that in 2004 the Department monitored 163 election in 29 states.