MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold wants Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to reconsider his plans to have 50 poll watchers across the state on Election Day.
The Republican Van Hollen has drawn heat from Democrats over his plan to send assistant attorneys general and special agents to observe at more than a dozen polling spots on Tuesday.
Van Hollen says they will be there to support local district attorneys and law enforcement in case they have questions or request help on election-related issues.
Feingold says in his letter sent Friday that having the agents at the polls will discourage legitimate voters from casting ballots.
Van Hollen's Democratic predecessor sent Department of Justice agents to the polls in 2004.