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Nonpartisan Vote-Protection Hotlines Up and Running in VA, Nationally

Nonpartisan vote protection hotlines are up and running and will be taking calls through election day. (The Election Protection Coalition)
Nonpartisan vote protection hotlines are up and running and will be taking calls through election day. (The Election Protection Coalition)
November 3, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. -- There’s a nonpartisan election-protection hotline from The Election Protection Coaltion: 866-OUR-VOTE.

The coalition is made up of more than a hundred groups working to protect the right to vote nationally. Arusha Gordon, associate counsel with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, said they've answered thousands of calls at 866-OUR-VOTE so far this year, and will be ready for whatever happens on election day.

"We believe that an educated voter is an empowered voter,” Gordon said. "And we also believe that protecting the integrity of our election means every eligible voter gets to cast a ballot that's counted."

The folks at 866-OUR-VOTE can also be reached online at In addition, they offer bilingual hotlines in Spanish and a number of Asian languages, and can take questions in Arabic.

The Election Protection Coalition will plan to have hundreds of volunteers wearing 866-OUR-VOTE T-shirts answering questions at polling places, and will offer rides to the polls in northern Virginia.

Sindy Benavides, national director for civic engagement and mobilization with the League of United Latin American Citizens, said they've been doing outreach to make sure people know about the Spanish-language hotline. She said most of the information they're providing is pretty basic.

"Polling location, the polling hours, the type of IDs needed,” Benavides said. "It's 888-VE-Y-VOTA or 888-839-8682."

Progress Virginia executive director Anna Scholl said Election Day is expected to run smoothly for the most part. There may be some issues with the state's new voter ID law, she speculated, but they're hoping it won’t be contentious.

Voters can be prepared by knowing their rights, Scholl said, and by knowing what to do if something goes wrong.

“[A voter who is] being asked to cast a provisional ballot when they should cast a regular ballot or has any concerns about something they're experiencing should both contact the chief election officer in the precinct and then call the nonpartisan election protection hotline,” Scholl said.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA