Florida and Missouri have told the U.S. Justice Department that they will not allow the DOJ to violate their state laws by going through with its plan to deploy election monitors to their states.
Missouri’s Secretary of State has said that his state will not allow federal agents to illegally intimidate voters, CNN reports:
“In response to a DOJ letter, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft tweeted on Sunday that ‘it would be highly inappropriate for federal agents to violate the law by intimidating Missouri voters at the polls on Election Day.’”
“‘Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer has rightfully declined to allow this over-reach and the secretary of state’s office fully supports him,’ wrote Ashcroft.”
Missouri law empowers local election authorities to dictate who may be at polling locations.
Florida has also notified the DOJ it would be illegal for it to intervene in the state’s elections.
“Department of Justice monitors are not permitted under Florida law,” Florida’s Department of State explained in a letter:
“Section 102.031(3)(a) of the Florida Statutes lists the people who ‘may enter any polling room or polling place.’ Department of Justice personnel are not included on the list.”
“Accordingly, the Florida Department of State invokes its authority under section
101.58(2) of the Florida Statutes to send its own monitors to the three targeted
jurisdictions. These monitors will ensure that there is no interference with the voting
As The Western Journal reports, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that it planned to intervene in the election process in 24 states across the U.S.:
“The Justice Department announced Monday that it would monitor 64 jurisdictions in 24 states to look for civil rights violations. In Florida, the department said it would target Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.”