DOJ: Armed federal officers allowed at ballot-counting locations


 

A view of the lecture before US Attorney General William Barr holds a press conference at the Department of Justice. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Friday, November 6, 2020

The Justice Department reminded prosecutors armed federal officers are legally allowed at ballot-counting locations to monitor potential irregularities.

In an email Wednesday, a DOJ official said a current statute does not allow armed officers at polling stations across the country on Election Day.

The Justice Department interpreted this to mean they could be deployed to monitor ballot locations any time after Election Day. However, critics believe the presence of armed poll watchers would intimidate poll workers and disrupt the vote-counting process.

This came as several key battleground states continue to count votes.

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