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Election Protection to Provide Crucial Assistance to Wisconsin Voters for June 5th Recall Elections

June 4, 2012

Toll-Free Hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE) Available Now; Live Assistance on Election Day

Washington, D.C.  - As Wisconsin voters prepare to head to the polls on June 5th for  the Recall Elections, Election Protection (EP), the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is here to help. 

Election Protection wants to ensure that voters are equipped with the information needed when headed to the polls given the confusion of whether Wisconsin voters will be required to present government-issue photo identification.  Although the requirement was signed into law last year, a Dane County Circuit Court judge ordered a permanent injunction on the law on March 6, 2012 which halts implementation of the ID requirement. Wisconsin voters WILL NOT be required to present photo ID in order to vote a regular ballot.  If you arrive at the polls and are required to show photo ID, call1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Election Protection's highly trained volunteers are available to assist voters with any questions or problems, no matter how simple or complex.  Voters may call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) toll-free with any questions or issues that may arise.  This English language hotline is available now and will be staffed live from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. CST.  Spanish-speaking voters may seek assistance through the 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) hotline.

"Due to the late changes to the election law there may be heightened confusion from election officials and poll workers making crucial that all voters fully understand their rights," said Lawyers' Committee Voting Rights Project Co-Director Marcia Johnson-Blanco.  "Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise the fundamental right to vote."

Reminders for Wisconsin Voters:

  • Currently, photo ID is NOT required (please contact Election Protection if someone asks you to present a photo ID to vote)
  • Know your correct polling site

"The Lawyers' Committee is working with our Election Protection volunteers and partners to educate Wisconsin voters about the recent changes so that no one is turned away at the polls on Tuesday," added Eric Marshall, the Lawyers' Committee's Manager of Legal Mobilization.  "Our goal is to ensure that all voters know that there is a resource they can turn to if they have any questions or need assistance when voting."

Election Protection's toll-free hotlines, 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) for English and 1-888-VE-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) for Spanish, are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding their rights.  It is open to the entire voting public, but targets historically disenfranchised communities, including: African Americans, Asian Pacific American, Latinos, Native Americans, and other racially and ethnically diverse communities; seniors; young people; low-income voters; and individuals with disabilities. 

Election Protection's nationwide, nonpartisan voter protection program had its largest program in the coalition's history in 2008.  Over 10,000 legal volunteers fanned out across the nation to assist voters, poll workers and election officials in 25 states; the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline received over 240,000 calls from voters seeking assistance; and the www.866OurVote.org Web site was visited by more than 283,000 people in the final six weeks leading up to the election.  Click here to read Election Protection's 2010 report. 

For more information about Election Protection and 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 Royster to coordinate, sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org, 202-662-8317.