RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A coalition of advocacy groups plans to send more than 1,000 volunteers to monitor polls in North Carolina on Election Day, along with a legal team of nearly 250 which will deploy from command centers to counties with the thorniest voting problems.

Spokeswoman Jen Jones says this election marks the first time that Democracy North Carolina will have lawyers and paralegals at the ready. During this year's primary, more than 700 volunteers monitored polls for the group.

Jones said Thursday about 400 people monitored polls for the primary and general elections in 2014.

Meanwhile, the director of the State Board of Elections said in an email that the U.S. Justice Department will send monitors to Cumberland, Forsyth, Robeson and Wake counties. A Justice Department spokesman declined to confirm that.