DOJ to monitor South Carolina election

The Justice Department will oversee Tuesday's race under the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Jillian Rayfield
May 8, 2013 12:22AM (UTC)

The Justice Department announced that it will monitor Tuesday's special election in South Carolina between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, under the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Reuters reports:

The Justice Department said in a statement it was monitoring the election under provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law bars election discrimination on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.

The department did not give a reason for the monitoring. Tuesday's vote will take place under South Carolina's new law mandating photo identification for voters, and Justice Department monitors observed primary elections.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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