Federal “monitors” from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) will be in the South Carolina Lowcountry for this week’s special congressional election, Reuters is reporting.
No reason was given for the agency’s decision to oversee the election – which it claims it has authority to do under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Nor was any information provided regarding the number of monitors being dispatched – or how much taxpayers would have to shell out to pay for their presence.
Our guess … as many (and as much) as it takes.
This week’s race between former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford and Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is extremely close – with the latest poll showing Sanford clinging to a one percent lead.
The election is also the first to be held in the state under a new law that requires voters to bring a photo identification card with them to the polls. The USDOJ fought to block this law in federal court, but their efforts were rebuked.