PRESS RELEASES

AUGUST 3, 2018

AMID REPORTS OF MISLEADING TEXT MESSAGES,

ELECTION PROTECTION PROVIDING NON-PARTISAN VOTING ASSISTANCE TO OHIO-12 VOTERS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toll-Free Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) Available Now;  Live Assistance Provided on Special Election Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in cooperation with the ACLU Ohio, All Voting is Local, Common Cause Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and the Ohio Voting Rights Coalition, is providing assistance for voters in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District for the August 7 Special Election.

On the eve of the election, voters are receiving text messages providing inaccurate information on last minute changes to polling place locations. Election Protection is urging anyone receiving such a message to not respond or click on any links. Instead, the messages should be reported to the Franklin County Board of Elections at 614-525-3100 and to the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.  Local voting rights groups are also calling on the Franklin County Board of Elections to conduct a deeper investigation into the matter.

“Anything that limits the ability of people to cast a ballot, particularly through the spread of misinformation, is unacceptable and must be reported,” said Catherine Turcer, Executive Director of Common Cause Ohio.

“Misinformation is not uncommon in elections, so voters should be proactive to protect their vote by verifying their registration and polling place with their local board of elections or the Secretary of State. It is also extremely important that voters report suspicious information to election officials so they may fully investigate who is spreading this information and ensure it does not confuse or deter other voters,” said Mike Brickner, Ohio State Director with All Voting is Local.

“Such underhanded tricks are always unacceptable, but especially at a time when the integrity of our  entire voting system is being called into question.  Voters deserve accurate information, so that everyone can access their constitutional right to the polls,” said Mary Kirtz Van Nortwick, PhD, Co-President of the League of Women Voters.

Voters in need of assistance can call these Election Protection Hotlines:

  • 866-OUR-VOTE (English) – administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • 888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish/English) – administered  by the NALEO Educational Fund
  • 888-API-VOTE (multiple Asian languages/English) – administered  by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC
  • 844-Yalla-US (Arabic/English) – administered by the Arab American Institute.

“The Election Protection 866-OUR-VOTE hotline is a resource for all registered voters who receive misinformation, face problems registering or voting, seek to report complaints, or otherwise want to access information needed to meaningfully participate in elections in their community,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise the fundamental right to vote.”

On Tuesday, Election Protection voter hotlines will be answered live from 7am until 8pm EDT. Calls to the Election Protection 866-OUR-VOTE number will be answered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Volunteers from All Voting is Local, Common Cause Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio Voting Rights Coalition will be on hand to help voters at the polls.

Election Protection works year-round to help all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. Election Protection utilizes field monitors and voter education, and it relies on an expansive network of national partners and state advocates to respond to voters’ questions and concerns.

Media Note:  Voting rights and Election Protection spokespersons are available for interviews.  

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About Election Protection: Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 888-API-VOTE (888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners – including Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, – at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide. For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.

 

About The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers’ Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers’ Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2018

Contact: [email protected]; 202-662-8317       

Election Protection Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) available to support voters in Arkansas May 22 primary

Hotline is a resource for voters who have questions or have problems voting during Tuesday’s primary election

WASHINGTON, D.C.,  – The nationwide non-partisan Election Protection Coalition, led by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in partnership with ACLU Arkansas, is working to protect the rights of all Arkansas voters. Election Protection urges voters to call 866-OUR-VOTE if they need assistance voting in Tuesday’s primary, or to report instances of election misadministration, intimidation, or discrimination.

Trained volunteers will answer the Election Protection hotline live on Tuesday, May 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST to assist any voter with questions or any voter who encounters problems at the polls. Areas of assistance include confirming voter registration status and polling place locations, and support in response to any voter suppression activities or problems voting.

“Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise the fundamental right to vote,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Voters can report complaints or any suspicious activity to the Election Protection hotline.”

“We want to ensure that all Arkansas voters have the information and support they need to vote. We are happy to partner with the nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition and encourage voters to use 866-OUR-VOTE for help and to report problems or issues to the hotline,“ said Holly Dickson of ACLU Arkansas.

In 2016, Election Protection helped Arkansas voters who required assistance in voting and who reported problems, including improper voter ID implementation, long wait times, and equipment malfunction.

Polls are open in Arkansas from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST

 

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Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through a dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters – including traditionally disenfranchised groups – gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. Election Protection offers a suite of hotlines to assist voters: 866-OUR-VOTE (English) – administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; 888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish/English) – administered by the NALEO Educational Fund; 888-API-VOTE (Multiple Asian languages/English) – administered by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC; and 1-844-Yalla-US (Arabic/English) – administered by the Arab American Institute. The coalition has more than 100 partners—including Advancement Project, Alliance for Youth, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy Initiative, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Sojourners, Religious Action Center, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, as well as labor unions—at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide and year round. For more information about Election Protection and the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, please visit www.866ourvote.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2018

CONTACT: [email protected], 202-662-8317

Election Protection Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) available to support voters in Georgia May 22 primary

Hotline is a resource for voters who have questions or have problems voting during Tuesday’s primary election

WASHINGTON, D.C.,  – The nationwide non-partisan Election Protection Coalition, led by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in partnership with the Georgia Coalition for People’s Agenda, is working to protect the rights of all Georgia voters. Election Protection urges voters to call 866-OUR-VOTE if they need assistance voting in Tuesday’s primary, or to report instances of election misadministration, intimidation, or discrimination.

Trained volunteers will answer the Election Protection hotline live on Tuesday, May 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT to assist any voter with questions or any voter who encounters problems at the polls. Areas of assistance include confirming voter registration status and polling place locations, and support in response to any voter suppression activities or problems voting.

“Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise the fundamental right to vote,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Voters can report complaints or any suspicious activity to the Election Protection hotline. Our goal is serve as a resource for all Georgia voters if they have any questions or need assistance when voting.”

“The Coalition for the People’s Agenda has a long history of protecting the right to vote and ensuring voters are able to cast their ballots without problems. Nonpartisan election protection volunteers are there to assist voters when asked and to alert election officials to problems that may be happening at their assigned polling locations. We believe our democracy is strengthened by having all voters involved in the political process voting for candidates and issues of their choice” stated Helen Butler, Executive Director

In 2016, Election Protection helped Georgia voters who required assistance in voting and who reported problems including precinct closures, registration, absentee ballot issues, long wait times, and equipment malfunction.

Polls are open in Georgia from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

 

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Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through a dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters – including traditionally disenfranchised groups – gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. Election Protection offers a suite of hotlines to assist voters: 866-OUR-VOTE (English) – administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; 888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish/English) – administered by the NALEO Educational Fund; 888-API-VOTE (Multiple Asian languages/English) – administered by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC; and 1-844-Yalla-US (Arabic/English) – administered by the Arab American Institute. The coalition has more than 100 partners—including Advancement Project, Alliance for Youth, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy Initiative, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Sojourners, Religious Action Center, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, as well as labor unions—at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide and year round. For more information about Election Protection and the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, please visit www.866ourvote.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: [email protected], 202-662-8317        

Election Protection to Help Voters for the May 22, 2018 Primary Election in Kentucky


Toll-Free Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) Assistance Available on Primary Election Day

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Kentucky voters will head out to the polls to vote in the state primary elections. Election Protection (EP) – the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) – will ensure that all eligible Kentucky voters have an equal opportunity to the ballot box, provide voters with information, guidance and assistance, and respond to reports of voter suppression or obstacles to voting. The 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) hotline will be available to answer calls live on primary Election Day from 6:00 am to 8:00pm EST.

“Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise the fundamental right to vote,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Voters can report complaints or any suspicious activity to the Election Protection hotline. Our goal is serve as a resource for all Kentucky voters if they have any questions or need assistance when voting.”

Election Protection is a year-round non-partisan resource for voters, through its website www.866ourvote.org and through its 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, which receives and responds to messages within two business days if not answered live during elections. During nationwide elections, including the 2018 midterms, Election Protection expands to support voters during voter registration, early voting and voting on Election Day through its network of more than 200 coalition partners and thousands of trained voter assistance volunteers who staff multi-language hotlines and who deploy to polling sites in key states around the country.

 

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About Election Protection

 Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through a dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters – including traditionally disenfranchised groups – gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. Election Protection offers a suite of hotlines to assist voters: 866-OUR-VOTE (English) – administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; 888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish/English) – administered by the NALEO Educational Fund; 888-API-VOTE (Multiple Asian languages/English) – administered by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC; and 844-Yalla-US (Arabic/English) – administered by the Arab American Institute. The coalition has more than 100 partners—including Advancement Project, Alliance for Youth, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy Initiative, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Sojourners, Religious Action Center, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, as well as labor unions—at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide and year round. For more information about Election Protection and the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, please visit www.866ourvote.org.

 

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Media Note: Voting rights and Election Protection spokespersons are available for media interviews to offer Election Day observations. Please contact [email protected], 202-662-8317.