1-866-MYVOTE-1 Partners with the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline to Help Callers Respond to Voter Suppression, Voter ID Problems

As the 2012 presidential campaign counts down to Election Day, the 1-866-MYVOTE-1 Voter Empowerment Hotline is shifting from primarily voter registration to a valuable tool to help callers report voter suppression and other potential problems with the support of the nationwide nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition’s 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline.

Barbara Arnwine - Lawyers CommitteeSince the beginning of the year, the 1-866-MYVOTE-1 Hotline has helped voters get local voter registration forms, transfer to county election offices and leave up to a 60 second message. With more than 33 states passing voter identification laws, there is widespread expectation that voters will face unprecedented barriers to exercising their right to vote.

To help voters if they need any assistance voting or to get help if they face any form of suppression, the organizers of the hotline are getting the support of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Election Protection that will provide voters assistance from fully trained volunteers based in more than 28 call centers across the country.  Between now and Nov. 6, callers will be assisted seven days a week to get help with any problems they may encounter trying to vote.

“As suppressive voting laws continue to sweep the country, most affecting traditionally disenfranchised communities, the work of Election Protection and the other resources remain critical,” said Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine.   “Together, we will continue to guide voters through the voting process and help with any voting challenges, ensuring that that all eligible voters have the opportunity to exercise the fundamental right to vote. ”

Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It has more than 100 partners, including, the National Urban League, NAACP, the National Urban League, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Common Cause, the Brennan Center for Justice, Advancement Project, State Voices, National Bar Association, Native Vote, Asian-American Justice Center, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund and Rock the Vote.  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 voters who need 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.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC., neil@neilfoote.com<mailto:neil@neilfoote.com>, neil@neilfoote.com or Stacie B. Royster, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org.

About 1-866-MYVOTE-1
>> This Voter Registration and Empowerment Hotline is the result of a partnership between the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network and dozens of media outlets around the country. They system allows callers are able to 1) Request a form to register to vote (until October 9), 2) Find the voting precinct closest to your home, and 3) Leave up to a sixty (60) second message about any problems you’re have trying to vote or observations about the campaigning going on in their neighborhood.  Such celebrities and civic leaders have been promoting the hotline, such as Mary J. Blige, Eddie LeVert, Robin Thicke, Bill Bellamy, Carl Thomas, Benjamin Jealous and the Rev. Al Sharpton. The hotline is, in part, a partnership with InfoVoter Technologies, a Philadelphia company specializing in interactive voice systems
About Election Protection (1-866-OUR-VOTE)
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), smartphone application and other resources, 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 – including the NAACP, National Bar Association, Native Vote, Asian-American Justice Center, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund, New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote, Verified Voting Foundation, National Education Association and the Brennan Center for Justice – at the national, state and local level and is providing voter protection services now through Election Day for all 50 states. For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline and the smartphone application, please visit: www.866ourvote.org<http://www.866ourvote.org>. Download the app at http://app.866OurVote.org or text OURVOTE to 90975.

1 Comment for this entry

  • Nikki says:

    Was it legal to turn away early (or late according to them) voters at 6pm for polls that closed at 8pm. You had to be in line by 6. I didn’t happen to me. I read it on Facebook from another voter. Baton Rouge, la

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