The officials will monitor voting sites to determine if these areas are complying with federal voting rights laws, according to a press release by the DOJ.
Anita Earls, executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said this operation happens each election cycle.
“And obviously, North Carolina being a battleground state, where the presidential contest is very close — that by itself would be some indication of why it would be useful to have monitors in North Carolina,” she said.
Gary Sims, director of the Wake County Board of Elections, said North Carolina’s importance in this election will not affect Wake County’s Election Day procedure.
“We do have a heightened focus on North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean things are really different as far as how we’re doing business, you know, working with voters,” he said.
The DOJ’s announcement follows a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina NAACP on Oct. 31, which said the state is suppressing thousands of black voters in the state by attempting to cancel voter registrations.
On Nov. 1, the DOJ filed a statement of interest, which said the attempt to remove voters at this rate violated the National Voter Registration Act.
Earls said she does not think it is significant that the lawsuit was filed around the same time as the DOJ’s decision to send federal monitors to North Carolina.