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WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials are warning that they will be dispatching fewer election observers Nov. 8 as a result of a Supreme Court opinion that gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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The reduction is likely to diminish the department’s ability to detect voter intimidation and other potential problems at the polls. It comes as more than a dozen states have adopted new voting and registration rules, and as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warns without evidence that the election will be rigged.

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Justice Department officials say they still expect to send hundreds of staffers to the polls. But more of them will be so-called monitors, who have less authority than federally trained election observers.

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