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Election Protection Offering Live Assistance To Voters In States Across The Country

Toll-Free Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) Available Now Through Election Day


With Election Day in many states less than one week away, Election Protection, the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, is ramping up its efforts to safeguard voting rights across the country.

Multiple states have attempted to impose severe restrictions on the right to vote. While courts have batted down many of these efforts to limit the franchise, the confusion surrounding recent rulings and the lack of accurate information could disrupt voting this election cycle. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is spearheading Election Protection's efforts to protect voters this election cycle, using hotlines, field monitors and voter education, as well as its expansive network of national partners and state advocates, to respond to any questions or concerns voters may have.

"The right to vote is the most important right in our democracy. This year, critical elections are taking place at the local, state and federal level all across the country. Through vigilance, we can ensure that all eligible voters are able to freely cast their ballots and have their voices heard in the 2017 election cycle," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. "The 866-OUR-VOTE hotline is a resource for all voters and would-be voters across the country who seek to report complaints or otherwise access information needed to meaningfully participate in elections in their community."

During the early vote period and on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 7, Election Protection volunteers are available to assist voters with issues, problems, or questions that arise in the early voting process. Voters may call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) toll-free with any questions or issues that may arise. Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) hotline. For assistance in several Asian languages, voters can leave a voicemail at 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) and a trained volunteer will return their call as soon as possible.

Voters are encouraged to call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for voting-related questions or problems.

The Lawyers' Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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