How does the U.S. Justice Department investigate voting discrimination complaints?

The federal government uses federal observers, which are employees who attend and observe elections and vote-counting procedures in order to ensure that discrimination does not occur. Federal observers prepare reports on their observations, which later may be used as evidence in voting discrimination lawsuits.

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