DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. - The Department of Justice says they’re sending attorneys to Duval County on Tuesday to make sure all voting rights are followed.
Florida is one of 23 states they’re coming to. In Florida, the DOJ will also be present in Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange and Osceola counties.
They came to Duval for the 2008 election, and Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says he has a good guess as to why.
“We have a large number of minorities,” Holland said. “That’s one of the main focuses of theirs is to make sure minorities are not disenfranchised.”
He says they’re looking for voters who are denied the right to vote.
“But we don’t do that,” he said.
The Department of Justice says they are responsible for enforcing laws such as the Voter Rights Act of 1965, the National Voter Registration Act, and the Help America Vote Act which requires jurisdictions to comply with provisional ballot requirements.
Holland says voters who show up to the polls without proper I.D. will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot, which is then counted once the proper I.D. is provided at a later time.
Once again, Holland says he’s welcoming the four attorneys from the DOJ.
“They leave knowing that, hey, we do a great job,” he said.
In a news release, the Department of Justice said, “The observers and department personnel will gather information on, among other things, whether voters are subject to different voting qualifications or procedures on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.”