Justice Dept. to monitor 2 Ala. elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says it will again send monitors to Perry County, Ala., Tuesday to monitor municipal elections in Marion for violations of the Voting Rights Act.

The department also is dispatching observers to Bayou La Batre near Mobile. A Justice Department spokesman said the agency does not publicly discuss how it chooses elections for monitoring.

Generally, the agency's monitors are sent to ensure that voters have free and fair access to the ballot. Officials began investigating Perry County elections after the June 3 primary after reports of suspicious behavior at the polls and because of an unusually large number of absentee ballots.

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