This will be the first presidential election since the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision, which gutted a provision of the Voting Rights Act requiring certain states to get federal approval for election policy changes. The Justice Department also interpreted the decision to limit its ability to send elections observers to the so-called "pre-clearance" states. Elections observers have more latitude and authority than elections monitors. For instance, DOJ observers are allowed inside polling places, while DOJ monitors can only enter if invited by local officials.
"We can't deny the costs of Shelby County," Vanita Gupta, assistant attorney general for civil rights, told NPR last month.
The scale-back in DOJ's ability to observe elections site comes as Donald Trump has employed campaign rhetoric amount to a vigilante poll watcher call-to-arms, particularly to "certain areas," which some fear will lead to voter intimidation tactics.
Here's the list of jurisdictions where DOJ personnel will be present, according to Monday's release:
Bethel Census Area, Alaska; Dillingham Census Area, Alaska; Kusilvak Census Area, Alaska; Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska; Maricopa County, Arizona; Navajo County, Arizona; Alameda County, California; Napa County, California; Siskiyou County, California; East Hartford, Connecticut; Farmington, Connecticut; Hartford, Connecticut; Middletown, Connecticut; New Britain, Connecticut; Newington, Connecticut; West Hartford, Connecticut; Hillsborough County, Florida; Lee County, Florida; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Orange County, Florida; Palm Beach County, Florida; Fulton County, Georgia; Gwinnett County, Georgia; Hancock County, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Cook County, Illinois; Finney County, Kansas; Orleans Parish, Louisiana; Quincy, Massachusetts; Dearborn Heights, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan; Hamtramck, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; Douglas County, Nebraska; Mineral County, Nevada; Washoe County, Nevada; Middlesex County, New Jersey; Cibola County, New Mexico; Kings County, New York; Orange County, New York; Queens County, New York; Cumberland County, North Carolina; Forsyth County, North Carolina; Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Robeson County, North Carolina; Wake County, North Carolina; Benson County, North Dakota; Rolette County, North Dakota; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Franklin County, Ohio; Hamilton County, Ohio; Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Providence, Rhode Island; Bennett County, South Dakota; Jackson County, South Dakota; Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota; Shelby County, Tennessee; Dallas County, Texas; Harris County, Texas; Waller County, Texas; San Juan County, Utah; Fairfax County, Virginia; Prince William County, Virginia, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.