1-866-MyVote-1 hotline is, in part, a partnership with InfoVoter Technologies, a Philadelphia company specializing in interactive voice systems. In 2008, the hotline was sponsored by the NAACP National Voter Fund and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. It helped register nearly 100,000 new voters and helped another 100,000 find their polling places. More than 60,000 people from some 40 states recorded messages, chronicling problems ranging from long lines, broken machines or complaints of voter suppression.

 

In July 2009, Tom Joyner testified before the Committee on House Administration about the success of the hotline, its importance of registering voters and providing them an outlet to report problems during the primaries and Election Day. He also stressed the need for Congress to pass laws that made it easier for people to register to vote and vote.

 

In 2012, the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network are among the hotline’s sponsors.  Such media partners as the Michael Baisden Show, Interactive One, Syndication One and the Tom Joyner Morning Show have began actively promoting the number.  Such celebrities and civic leaders have recorded promos, such as Mary J. Blige, Eddie LeVert, Robin Thicke, Bill Bellamy, Carl Thomas, Benjamin Jealous and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

5 Comments for this entry

  • Tiye Ray says:

    My son (Wayne Mills Jr.) just went to early vote in LaPlata, MD and his initial selection for President was changed. He noticed the change on the summary screen and changed it back to President Obama. Outside he overheard others complaining about the same thing. The same thing happened to me in 2008!

    Tiye Ray

  • Daniel Faulkner says:

    I am a Black man. I early voted yesterday in Duval County Florida. I watched as three white people emptied one of the machines that we place the ballots in. They were placing them in a bag all while being observed by an official Poll watcher who was also white. The bag they were placing the votes in appeared to be full but they were still trying to stuff ballots in. I was concerned because it seemed as though some of the ballots may be damaged in the process and when I asked about it they tried to tell me it did not matt ser because the votes supposedly had already been counted. I know the machine tracks how many ballots were inserted but I do not believe it also tallies the votes. The poll worker I asked about it, again another white person, told me there was no need to be concerned. Were they telling me the truth or just trying to appease me?

  • Clinette says:

    Houston Texas need Spanish speaking workers at the poles!! There was a Spanish lady there trying to vote and the white lady that worded there was helping her in English, I over heard her saying me no speekie no English so I asked her in Spanish why wasn’t she voting in Spanish she said the worker wouldn’t allow her to!!! Wow so she asked me to help her and I did. She moved forward thank God! But Texas need to get it right asap cause they do yo much villagers

  • Clinette says:

    Texas do to much foolery and Bullshit!!!

  • Nichole says:

    Thursday 11-01-2012 I tried to vote early in Baltimore, Maryland. After waiting in line 1.5 hours got to the table, showed ID and they said I was registered to an address in Annapolis. My full name including the weird spelling of my middle name Nichole with an ‘h’ and my birth date to an address I’ve never heard of in a city I’ve never been to. Oh and I registered to vote last summer at the Motor Vehicle Administration when I got my Maryland state license which does have my correct address. My options were drive to Annapolis and vote or do a provisional ballot.

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