Civil rights monitors sent to five states for elections

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Federal civil rights officials announced Monday they have sent election observers to locations in five states to keep an eye out for potential trouble at the polls Tuesday.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division dispatched 11 staff attorneys along with 85 trained election observers from the Office of Personnel Management to watch activities at the polls and report any irregularities.

The Justice Department did not explain why the specific locations were selected, but the recent history of the targeted communities has been widely reported.