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Voting Rights – New Orleans – Election Day Legal Volunteers Needed

Thursday, September 23, 2004

  • By: Nancy Anderson
  • Organization: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is seeking volunteer lawyers, law students, and paralegals to ensure that our most fundamental right as citizens - the right to vote - is not infringed upon in the 2004 November election. Expected problems with voting include dissemination of misinformation by poll workers, problems associated with voting machines (including new electronic ones), and potential intimidation of voters in minority communities. Although the program is designed to help protect all voters, it is targeting communities with large Hispanic, African American, and Native American members. Volunteer lawyers are needed to serve as mobile field attorneys on Election Day in New Orleans. These lawyers will be assigned to target precincts to respond to any problems as they arise on Election Day and in coordination with the voter hotline.

To volunteer in New Orleans, please click here:
http://www.lawyerscomm.org/ep04/epregisterothers.html

Training and materials will be provided in advance. Volunteers are asked to sign up for at least one five hour shift (but are welcome to sign up for more than one shift.) Bi-lingual speakers are encouraged to volunteer. Partners in the Election Protection Program include People for the American Way Foundation, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, among other civil rights organizations and bar associations. The Election Protection Program is a non-partisan effort and is not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party.

To volunteer in New Orleans, please click here:
http://www.lawyerscomm.org/ep04/epregisterothers.html

If you have questions, please visit our website at www.lawyerscommittee.org or contact Nancy J. Anderson, Pro Bono Counsel, at nanderson@lawyerscomm.org, or Deb Geithner, Election Protection Coordinator, at dgeithner@lawyerscomm.org. Thank you for your interest.

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