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Voter suppression situation in Siskiyou County

Thousands of people in the Hmong community in Siskiyou County go to the polls on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (KTVL/Justin Matthews).

YREKA, Calif.- The state's Attorney General and Secretary of State offices have sent people to Siskiyou County to monitor the voting polls.

There have been allegations that the Hmong community, Vietnamese and Laotian refugees, were intimidated about voting before election day.

The American Civil Liberties Union says there are reports of law enforcement knocking on doors and used their guns to scare voters.

The ACLU says the Hmong community's voter registration status is being questioned.

"There were lots of newly registered voters in the subdivisions that were targeted and we have absolutely no reports or evidence that any white voters and property owners were visited," said Lori Shellenberger, the Voting Rights Project Director for ACLU California.

About 40 people in the county were trained as "poll-watchers."

Shellenberger held a training session over the phone to teach people the in's and out's of polling places.

News10 reached out to Siskiyou County Sheriff John Lopey and the District Attorney, but we didn't hear back.

The ACLU will be working to make sure every ballot from registered Hmong voters is counted.

It's a voting rights act violation at the federal and state level to intimidate voters.

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