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Poll observers to be dispatched
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department will dispatch more than 300 federal observers to protect the rights of minority voters at polling places during the November 5 elections.
Attorney General Janet Reno issued a statement Thursday promising federal authorities will be on the lookout for election-related abuses in all regions of the country.
"Every United States Attorney across the nation, working with the FBI, is establishing a special unit to receive reports of corrupt voting practices and to investigate any citizen's complaint that ... voting rights have been violated," Reno said.
"Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, fraud, altering vote tallies, and coercing the votes of the poor, the elderly, and illiterate," Reno said.
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