Federal officials to monitor voting in Cumberland, Robeson

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will monitor voting in Cumberland and Robeson counties next week.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2fi4oYX) that the state election chief said the department has not said why monitors are planned for the two counties.

Federal agents will also monitor the voting in Forsyth and Wake counties.

State Board of Elections’ executive director Kim Strach notified the four counties Wednesday. There is no word on which precincts will be monitored.

Justice Department spokesman David Jacobs would not talk about the monitoring decision.

North Carolina is one of a few battleground states in the highly charged presidential election.

Cumberland County elections director Terri Robertson said she didn’t know why federal observers will be in the area.

The Justice Department has monitored voting in select locations for decades.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com