With so much at stake in November it is deeply troubling that such a fundamental part of the democratic process, the right to cast one’s vote and to have that vote counted, is increasingly in question.
But we can make a difference and take action to strengthen our democratic process. Now more than ever, it is critical for justice advocates to help work for fair elections and insure that the rights of all voters are protected at the polls.
By participating in the nonpartisan Election Protection campaign in the days leading up to the elections and on Election Day, you can help to make it possible for the voices of the voters to be heard and counted. How?
By volunteering to staff the election protection legal hotline, acting as poll monitors, volunteering to staff your local polls, and making sure everyone in your community knows who to call for help if they are prevented from casting their vote.
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition of which the United Church of Christ is a member, was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.
Election Protection provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voting information on how they can make sure their vote is counted through a number of resources including:
- Voter helplines:
- 866-OUR-VOTE (English – administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law)
- 888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish/English – administered by the NALEO Educational Fund),
- 888-API-VOTE (Asian Languages/English – administered by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC);
- 844-YALLA-US (Arabic/English – administered by the Arab American Institute)
- Voter protection field programs across the country
- Digital tools including 866ourvote.org, @866ourVote, and facebook.com/866OurVote
Throughout the election, our volunteers collect information to paint a picture of election irregularities. Election Protection focuses on the voter – not on the political horse race – and provides guidance, information and help to any American, regardless of who that voter is casting a ballot for.