Federal officials monitoring Omaha's primary election

Apr 2, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says it will monitor the Omaha primary election to ensure compliance with federal election laws.

The department says its personnel will monitor Omaha polls on Tuesday. It says Civil Rights Division lawyers will coordinate federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.

The same sort of monitoring will occur in Finney County, Kansas on Tuesday. The department says it deploys federal observers to monitor elections across the country every year.

Complaints were made in Omaha after the November elections that Douglas County violated election laws by requiring some voters to provide voter identification numbers before issuing them provisional ballots. Election commissioner David Phipps said some poll workers made the isolated errors on Election Day and that they quickly were corrected.

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