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The Justice Department is dispatching more than 500 staffers to monitor voting in 28 states Tuesday, as the country prepares for one of the most contentious elections in its history.

Federal authorities, deployed from Bethel, Alaska, to Napa County, Calif., will determine whether voters are subject to racial discrimination, improper barriers related to language differences or disabilities. Among the group are linguists who are fluent in Spanish and a variety of Asian and Native American languages.

“The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote,’’ Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday. “The department is deeply committed to the fair and unbiased application of our voting rights laws.’’

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