Election Protection to Provide Crucial Assistance for the California Primary Elections to Educate, Empower and Protect Voters

For Immediate Release

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Stacie B. Burgess
Director of Communications  and External Affairs
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law                                                                 
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Election Protection to Provide Crucial Assistance for the California Primary Elections to Educate, Empower and Protect Voters

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

WASHINGTON - As California voters continue to head to the polls today, Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is there to help.  Voters should call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) toll-free with any voting-related questions or issues and they will be assisted by trained legal volunteers. This English language hotline will be staffed live from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Primary Election Day. Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) hotline, run by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

“California encompasses one of the largest and most diverse electorates in the country,” said Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke.  “Whether voters seek assistance verifying their registration status or encounter barriers at the polls, Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that all eligible voters in California are able to exercise the fundamental right to vote.”

In addition to the presidential primary, voters will have an opportunity to vote in the primary for an open U.S. Senate seat and approve or reject a ballot measure, Proposition 50. For more information on Proposition 50, please visit: https://ballotpedia.org/California_Suspension_of_Legislators_Amendment,_Proposition_50_(June_2016)

Reminders for voters in California:

Check Your Registration

Voters can check their voter registration here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/.

Voters should make sure that their registration is active, their address is up to date, and they are registered with their political party of choice. In order to participate in the Republican Primary Election, voters must be registered with the Republican Party. In order to participate in the Democratic Primary Election, voters must be registered with the Democratic Party or as a “No Party Preference” voter.

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In-Person Voting

Voters can find their polling place by calling the Election Protection Hotline or contacting their County Elections Office at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/.

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 866-OUR-VOTE hotline (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 888-API-VOTE (888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and a dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots 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 provides voter protection services nationwide. For more information about Election Protection and the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, please visit www.866ourvote.org.

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The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

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