Department of Justice sending monitors to Forsyth County on Election Day

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The State Board of Elections has notified five North Carolina counties that the Department of Justice will be sending monitors to certain precincts within their county on Election Day. Of those five, Forsyth County is one of them.

“I don’t know the reasoning as to why they would select Forsyth County,” said Tim Tsujii, director of the Forsyth County Board of Elections.

The other four counties include Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Robeson and Wake. The monitors will be looking for an irregularities in the voting process.

“It’s typically a team of attorneys and they’ll just randomly go to the different polling places on Election Day,” Tsujii clarified.

He added that things such as complaints during early voting could compel the DOJ to send monitors to specific counties, but he isn’t aware of any major issues which happened in Forsyth County during the early voting cycle.

“We’ll get various calls about complaint of rude poll workers, rude campaign workers,” he said.

The monitors will be watching both poll workers and voters, both of which they have the right to interact with, Tsujii said.

“It’s also a benefit for us because it serves as a safeguard,” he added. “It’s an extra set of eyes.”

FOX8 reached out to the Department of Justice for clarification, but at the time of this article, we have not heard back.