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Voting Rights – Pro Bono Attorneys Needed for Election Day

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 in New York and New Jersey 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, law students, and paralegals are needed to staff a regional call center of the national voter hotline on November 1st and Election Day, November 2nd. Please visit the on-line registration form for details regarding times of the shifts:
http://www.lawyerscomm.org/ep04/epregisterny.html


The voter hotline will provide immediate assistance to voters who encounter problems attempting to vote on Election Day in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states. In addition, volunteer lawyers are needed to serve as mobile field attorneys on Election Day. 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.

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 York, please click here:
http://www.lawyerscomm.org/ep04/epregisterny.html.

In addition, pro bono attorneys are needed as Election Day Monitors in states with high risk of Election Day problems for minority voters (travel required). 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.

Pro bono attorneys willing to travel to specific high risk states are needed to serve as mobile field attorneys/poll monitors on Election Day. Volunteer attorneys will work with local attorneys and be coordinated by the Lawyers' Committee. Potential destinations include St. Louis, Philadelphia, and several of the larger cities in Ohio. Costs to be paid by your law firm include travel and lodging. Training and materials will be provided in advance. 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 York, please click here:
http://www.lawyerscomm.org/ep04/epregisterny.html.

If you have questions about the Election Protection Program, please visit:
www.lawyerscommittee.org or contact either:

Nancy J. Anderson, Pro Bono Counsel, nanderson@lawyerscomm.org

Deb Geithner, Election Protection Coordinator, dgeithner@lawyerscomm.org

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