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US Justice Department to monitor Arizona elections

All Arizona counties have to provide voting assistance in Spanish and many are required to assist in Native American languages, but a new federal regulation requiring assistance in Yuma has some counties stumped.

The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will monitor primary elections in Arizona’s Maricopa County.

The department said Monday that federal observers will be dispatched Tuesday to make sure that Maricopa County follows the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. That law prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.

Observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations.

Maricopa County officials, especially Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have come under fire for the treatment of Latino residents.

Arpaio is accused in federal court of ordering some patrols not based on reports of crime but rather on letters from people who complained about people with dark skin congregating in an area or speaking Spanish.

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2 comments

  1. I have been following Sheriff Joe’s activities impassively for quite a while now, and I think he’s the best thing since sliced bread!! Seriously, I wish that there were more men like him in this land – men who seriously imitate the founders of this country instead of the wishy-washy, please-think-for-me attitudes of most of the male population, black and white alike. As I have often said of my ex-husband and my former son-in-law, they are not men; just members of the homo sapien race, that’s it. And that description fits a lot of the other “men” in this country who are not willing to stand up and fight for what’s right. More courage and power and strength to Sheriff Joe and his comrades and partners; I wish him a long, long life. That being said, I tried to honor a pledge to Sheriff Joe which I made not too long ago by paying it online, but the system won’t let me, and I’m wondering why / what’s going on?

  2. P.S. And I have written two letters to Arizona’s Governor Brewer letting her know that she has a lot of Louisianians supporting her and wishing HER a long, long life also!!!!

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