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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A civil rights organization will have representatives monitoring Virginia polling places to help resolve voter questions and respond to any attempts to intimidate voters.

The Advancement Project says it also will operate command centers in northern Virginia and Richmond to field voters’ calls and address problems as they arise.

The organization already has some concerns. One is that some Virginians could show up to vote, only to learn that their name was has one thousands purged from the rolls a few weeks before the election. The group is also worried about poll worker confusion over a photo ID requirement that doesn’t take effect until next year. Another concern is possible difficulty for some of the hundreds of Virginians with felony convictions who have recently had their voting rights restored.

Meanwhile, gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe are spending Tuesday touring polling places throughout the state as part of a last minute push for votes in a bitterly contested race.

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