Federal Monitors To Observe Polls In Guadalupe

August 04, 2014

Federal monitors are set to observe elections in the primary next month in Guadalupe.

The Arizona Republic reports that officials from the U.S. Department of Justice will serve as election monitors at polling stations.

The move is aimed at assuring residents that there will be no conflicts, given the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is responsible for law enforcement in the town.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration enforcement efforts and other tactics have in the past upset some officials in the largely Native American and Latino community.

Arpaio says the monitors aren't necessary and that his office has improved its relationship with residents of Guadalupe in recent years.

Federal monitors also were present there for elections in 2010 and 2012.