WASHINGTON – The Justice Department plans to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws in 64 jurisdictions in 24 states for the Nov. 8, 2022 general election.
In New Mexico, that includes Bernalillo County.
The Civil Rights Division has regularly monitored elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country to protect the rights of voters, according to the announcement Monday.
The Civil Rights Division will also take complaints from the public nationwide regarding possible violations of the federal voting rights laws through its call center.
Monitors will include personnel from the Civil Rights Division and from U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. The division also deploys monitors from the Office of Personnel Management, where authorized by federal court order. Division personnel will maintain contact with state and local election officials.
On Election Day, Civil Rights Division personnel will be available all day to receive complaints from the public related to possible violations of the federal voting rights laws by a complaint form on the department’s website https://civilrights.justice.gov/ or by telephone toll-free at 800-253-3931.
Individuals with questions or complaints related to the ADA may call the department’s toll-free ADA information line at 800-514-0301 or 833-610-1264 (TTY) or submit a complaint through a link on the department’s ADA website, at https://www.ada.gov/.
Complaints related to disruption at a polling place should be reported immediately to local election officials (including officials in the polling place). Complaints related to violence, threats of violence or intimidation at a polling place should be reported immediately to local police authorities by calling 911. These complaints should also be reported to the department after local authorities have been contacted.