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Group Monitors San Diego Polls

A team of legal volunteers are monitoring the polls tomorrow in San Diego County. The monitors are there to ensure voters have no problems. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Group Monitors San Diego Polls

A team of legal volunteers are monitoring the polls tomorrow in San Diego County. The monitors are there to ensure voters have no problems. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

About 75 volunteers - including lawyers from San Diego firms and law students from the University of San Diego School of Law - plan to be at 100 polling places.

The trained volunteers are part of the nonpartisan group Election Protection.

One of those volunteers is San Diego attorney Brian Fogarty, who explains their goal.

Fogarty: Basically is a program to go out and ensure that everybody who wants to vote can vote and everybody who does vote, or as many as possible, that their votes are actually counted.

He says, for example, that provisional ballots are often given out and those votes aren't counted unless there's a need to do a recount.

The volunteers are also available to help poll workers, voters or anyone with voting questions or problems.

The group was created after the 2000 Presidential Election when approximately 4-6 million votes were lost due to voting irregularities and other problems.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.