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Poll watcher in 4 Dixie states with orders to bar voting bias

Attorney General William French Smith ordered 358 federal observers stationed at polling places in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina to avert racial discrimination in today's general election. This will be the first time since the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965 that federal observers have been sent into North Carolina for a presidential election. The 358 observers will be supervised by 29 attorneys and paralegal specialists in the civil rights division.

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