FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stacie B. Burgess
Director of Communications and External Affairs
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
(202) 662-8317/(202) 445-6101 (cell)
Election Protection Hotlines Available to Provide Assistance toGeneral Election Voters Nationwide on Nov. 3
Live Assistance Available on Toll-Free Hotlines (1-866-OUR-VOTE,1-888-VE-Y-VOTA and 1-888-API-VOTE)
Washington, D.C., November 2, 2015 – As voters across the country head to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes in state and local 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 be standing by to make sure that all eligible voters across the nation have an equal opportunity to vote and to provide voters with information, guidance and assistance during the state and local General Elections.
Voters may call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) toll-free with any questions or problems that may arise. This English language hotline will be staffed live from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on Election Day. Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) hotline, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST. Voters seeking multilingual assistance in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean and Vietnamese languages should seek assistance from and 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-273-8683), which will be live from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. All three hotlines are staffed by trained volunteers and will be available to answer calls live on General Election Day.
“As voters get ready to head to the polls tomorrow, we want them to know that Election Protection is standing by ready to help them answer any questions they may have or provide them with assistance they need,” said Marcia Johnson-Blanco, co-director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project. “Everyone’s voice should be heard and it is important for everyone to be reminded that every vote counts, especially in the local and state elections.”
Reminders for Voters:
- Verify your registration status ahead of Election Day
- Confirm your polling location, even if you have been going to the same place for years.
- Know your rights like if you have to bring photo identification, or what is required of you if you have to fill out a provisional ballot in order to have it counted.
“With the help of more than 100 state and national organizations fighting for voting rights, Election Protection is here to make sure that all eligible voters have an equal opportunity to vote tomorrow,” said Chris Melody Fields, manager of Legal Mobilization. “If you have questions or your or someone else’s right to vote has been challenged, please contact Election Protection so that we can help.”
Election Protection’s toll-free hotlines, 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for English, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund for English and Spanish and 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683), administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice for Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean and Vietnamese are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding your rights.
For more information about Election Protection and the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit: www.866OurVote.org.
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 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of legal experts and trained 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 is providing voter protection services nationwide.
For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.
Media Note: Voting Rights experts and Election Protection spokespersons are available for media interviews. Please contact Stacie Burgess to coordinate, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-662-8317.