Trump Supporters Monitoring Polls Alarms Voting-Rights Groups

The Republican presidential nominee has been exhorting his supporters to be vigilant about the supposed threat of voter fraud, which has been shown to be almost nonexistent in the U.S.

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump show their support for him before the start of the campaign event for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus, Theodore Gibson Center on October 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

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For the first time in a half-century, Americans will go to the polls in November without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. Following a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating a key section of the 1965 law, the U.S. Department of Justice has had to curtail its federal observer program, under which trained monitors oversee access to ballot boxes in areas historically prone to discrimination.

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