Voting Rights – Volunteers Needed to Staff D.C. Voter Protection Hotline for Election Day and Early Voting

  • 9/23/2004
  • Nancy Anderson
  • 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. Pro bono assistance is needed to staff a non-partisan national voter hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE) that will be housed in Washington, D.C.

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The voter hotline will provide immediate assistance to voters who encounter problems attempting to vote on Election Day or during early voting (in specific states) across the country. Expected problems 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 hotline will receive calls from across the country, the program is targeting communities with large Hispanic, African American, and Native American members.

Volunteers are needed to staff the national voter hotline for early voting October 14th - October 31st, pre-Election Day Nov. 1st, and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2nd. (Please visit the on-line registration form for details regarding times of the shifts.) 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 both early voting and Election Day shifts.) Over 1,000 volunteers are needed! 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.

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

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