The Justice Department said Monday Civil Rights Division observers would monitor elections in Alameda County, Calif.; Springfield, Mass.; Humphreys, Leflore, Panola and Wilkinson counties, Miss.; Lorain County, Ohio; and Jasper, Texas.
The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process because of race, color or membership in a minority language group.
The observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at the polling locations, the department said.