While some groups are using allegations of “voter fraud” as a cover for voter suppression and intimidation efforts, other groups committed to high turnout among eligible citizens are fighting back.
Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and others have launched a voter protection project. From the press release:
With just over a week before Election Day, a nonpartisan voter protection coalition launched a hotline to help voters with questions and to ensure that all voters know their rights. Volunteers will be available to assist voters from today through Election Day by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE toll-free from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Election Day, the hotline will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for voters with any last minute questions or issues that may arise at polling areas.
“Election Protection is needed now more than ever,” said Mike Dean, Executive Director of Common Cause Minnesota. “The 2008 election in Minnesota underscores the need for voters to be prepared and to know their rights. Election Protection will continue to guide voters through the voting process, helping to ensure that that all eligible voters have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”
During the 2008 election cycle, the coalition mobilized hundreds of trained volunteers, to monitor polling places, educate voters, facilitate a dialogue with local and state officials, solve problems in real time and answer the 1-866-OUR-VOTE voter services hotline. The toll-free number, administered by the Lawyers’ Committee is available to any voters who need information, assistance or need guidance in understanding their rights. It is open to the entire voting public, but targets historically disenfranchised communities, including Hispanic, African American and low-income communities. The coalition of organization that are a part of this effort include: Civic Engagement Table, Common Cause Minnesota, The League of Women Voters, TakeAction Minnesota.