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Monitor Election Problems Nationwide with OurVoteLive.org

October 27, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2008

CONTACTS: Deb Greenspan, dgreenspan@gloverparkgroup.com, 202-741-5573
    Rebecca Jeschke, Rebecca@eff.org, 415-436-9333 ext. 125

Monitor Election Problems Nationwide with OurVoteLive.org
Search by State or County for Real-Time Voter Reports on Election Day


Washington, DC—Reporters, bloggers, and voters across the country can monitor problems at the polls on Election Day on OurVoteLive.org, a project built and hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, and its toll-free voter-assistance hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE.

OurVoteLive.org collects and analyzes reports from calls to the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, which is staffed by hundreds of volunteers across the country.  Tested during the presidential primaries, the site is already documenting over a thousand examples per day of voters needing information or reporting problems such as registration and ID issues, difficulties with voting machines, and polling place accessibility issues.  Over 200,000 calls are expected to come into the hotline and be documented on OurVoteLive.org through Election Day.

"Improved transparency in all aspects of the electoral process is critical to ensuring accurate results as well as diagnosing systemic problems and helping voters," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman.  "OurVoteLive.org is helping the Election Protection Coalition make that possible."

In addition to call incident data, OurVoteLive.org also features maps, nationwide trend information, and an active election issues blog that will highlight important election incidents as they develop.

“OurVoteLive.org will allow us to help more voters more effectively,” said Jonah Goldman, director of the National Campaign for Fair Elections at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which leads Election Protection.  “We—along with election officials and the media—will be able track trends and identify problem areas quickly so that we can remove any barriers that voters face as they cast their ballots.”

Election Protection has more than 100 partners at the national, state and local level and is providing live voter protection services now through Election Day across all 50 states. On November 4, Election Protection will mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, including 10,000 legal volunteers to monitor polling places, educate voters, facilitate a dialogue with local and state officials, provide legal support to poll monitors, and answer the 1-866-OUR-VOTE voter services hotline – a monumental undertaking designed to ensure smooth voting in November.

On Election Day, reporters who have questions about OurVoteLive.org or particular incidents reported on the site should contact Nell McGarity via email at press@ourvotelive.com or by phone at 202-262-0721.  

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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 its 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683) 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, offering live assistance. The coalition has more than 100 partners at the national, state and local level and is providing live voter protection services now through Election Day for all 50 states.For more information about Election Protection and the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and government to support free expression and privacy online. EFF is a member-supported organization and maintains one of the most linked-to websites in the world at http://www.eff.org/