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11/05/02-Titus County

Feds Monitor East Texas Polls

   The federal government is keeping a close eye on election sites in 26 counties across the U.S. One of those counties is right here in East Texas.

   The U.S. Department of Justice sent two of its poll watchers to Titus County. Many local voters were surprised to hear Titus is the only Texas county under federal surveillance.

   "I was a little surprised to learn that, said voter Clay Potter. "But if it's picked at random, I guess I don't have a problem with it."

   Jorge Martinez, a spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Justice, would not elaborate on why monitors came to Titus. But he says, the department is checking out various counties across the country to make sure they comply with federal voter statutes.

   The Titus County clerk believes the government came because of a census that showed a large increase in Hispanic voters. She says the poll watchers came to make sure Hispanics were treated fairly at the polls. The county clerk added that they've never had trouble with voters before.

   If for any reason, you feel you've been treated unfairly at the polls, you can call the U.S. attorneys office in Tyler at (903) 590-1400, or the Tyler FBI at (903) 592-4301.

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