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Across the country, poll monitors are keeping an eye on voting




Voters take part in early ballot casting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2016.
Voters take part in early ballot casting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2016.
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They're at schools, churches, fire stations and even barber shops: well over 100 thousand locations where Americans are going to today as they cast their votes.

Which is why, when the Department of Justice announced Monday that they'll have just 500 monitors and observers stationed at polling places, civil rights groups expressed concern. That's because there are about 35 percent fewer watchers being dispatched than for Election Day 2012.

Monitors and observers play an important role in the democratic process. For more, Take Two spoke to Wendy Weiser, director of the democracy program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. 

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