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Justice Dept. to monitor Tuesday primary

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Berkeley County Elections Director Wanda Farley says the Justice Department is meeting with her today. They are meeting with her to discuss Justice Department employees who will monitor Tuesday's election here in the Lowcountry. She says they are also monitoring elections in Charleston and Dorchester counties as well.

The monitors will be in place to ensure the voter ID law is being implemented properly. This election is the first election in the area since the law went into effect in January.

Farley says in her 15 years at Berkeley County elections, the Justice Department has never sent monitors. She says they will simply observe the election and if they see any problems, they will discuss those with election management. They will not be there to take any direct action during voting.

We spoke with the president of the Goose Creek NAACP David Cakley. He said he thinks it's a good idea that the Justice Department is sending monitors out of an abundance of caution. He said his organization has not seen any problems so far. However, they do have a relative of a board member who is elderly and has not been able to get her photo ID yet. She still plans to vote.

Election officials say even if you do not bring a photo ID you can still cast a provisional ballot, and that vote will count. If you have a reasonable excuse for not having a photo ID that will be acceptable. If you do not have an excuse you can still vote with the provisional ballot, but you will need to bring a photo ID to the elections office between election day and Thursday morning when they certify the results.

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