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Houston Seeks Federal Help to Protect Voters From Intimidation

  • Request follows GOP officials’ plan to send monitors to polls
  • City officials say Republicans want to ‘chill voters’ trust’

Houston’s top political leaders called on the Justice Department to deploy monitors during next month’s election in the fourth-largest US city after Republican state officials pledged to post inspectors at polling places.

The Texas secretary of state’s office and state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced plans earlier this week to send inspectors to Harris County’s central vote-counting office, conduct random checks of election materials and investigate complaints by poll watchers or voters.