Oct 26 2006

Election Protection Coalition Rolls Out 1866-OUR-VOTE

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electronic votingGUEST: Elliot Mincberg, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Legal Director with People for the American Way

This past Monday marked the deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming November 7th elections. As some analysts predict that the November elections will be a potential turning point for the nation, the non-partisan Election Protection Coalition is working to ensure that all registered voters have their right to vote secured. The coalition is launching a voter assistance hotline for the election. There will also be volunteer lawyers and poll monitors on the ground in precincts most at risk for disenfranchisement. The coalition expects significant challenges in this upcoming election, as an estimated thirty million voters will be using electronic balloting for the first time. The Election Protection Coalition is a diverse grouping of national and local civil rights organizations such as the People for the American Way, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP and has been active in every election cycle since 2001.

The hotline being set up by the Election Protection Coalition is 1866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683). Polling places can be found online at www.pollingplace.com.

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