Monitors to be at polls in Pa., 17 other states

For the latest coverage of politics in City Hall or Washington, count on Action News and

October 31, 2010 12:57:08 PM PDT
Federal authorities say they plan to deploy more than 400 observers and other personnel to places in 18 states, including Philadelphia, to monitor polls during Tuesday's election.

The Justice Department said the Civil Rights Division's effort is aimed at finding out whether voters are subject to different voting qualifications or procedures on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.

The department also wants to find out whether jurisdictions are complying with the minority language provisions of the Voting Rights Act and whether voters who have disabilities or are illiterate are allowed to get help from someone of their choosing.

They also want to check compliance with the provisional ballot requirements of the Help America Vote Act, which reworked election standards and provided money to encourage states upgrade election equipment and get rid of punch-card systems.