Election Protection volunteers from around the country completed a 9:30 a.m. call to report in today and while there are isolated issues that are a concern on a number of fronts outlined below, the thousands of well-trained and experienced volunteers are working closely with Boards of Elections to resolve issues and the phrase used most often is “run of the mill with numerous events being handled and resolved.”
- Call volume is steady around the country in the 23 call centers;
- Florida — in Miami there have been problems with no Spanish language translators, or higher demand;
- Georgia — many people going to wrong or polling places that don’t exist;
- Pennsylvania — Widespread reports of polling places asking for voter ID. More than half of the intimidation events are reported to the hotline from this state and problems with lack of Spanish language assistance in counties required to provide it under the Voting Rights Act;
- Texas — is reporting long lines and several polling places with no signage making it difficult for voters to know where to go. In Fort Bend County, a report of a polling place where “over 100 people were turned away” due to malfunctioning machines;
- Virginia — is reporting machine problems in several precincts and lines are forming as a result of these efforts. Initial reports of poll workers turning voters away has now been resolved.
Issues being monitored at this time:
- Intimidation/Voter Challenges — Approximately half of the intimidation events that are being reported to 866-OUR-VOTE are coming from Pennsylvania and include some reports of voters engaging in “argumentative behavior” with each other. Ohio
- Long Lines — reports of long lines in several precincts around the country have various causes: too few poll workers, machine break down.
- Machines — Durham County, North Carolina reporting potential county-wide problem with programming and there are concerns that there are not enough paper ballots and some voters may be getting provisional ballots.
- Polling Place — There were serious concerns in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia where there are a few precincts that have still not opened.
- Voter ID — Requests for voter ID in Pennsylvania and New York have been addressed by Boards of Elections after reports. There are no photo ID requirements in these states.
About Election Protection:
Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline (866.687.8683). Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners—including Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation—at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide. For more information about Election Protection and the 866.OUR.VOTE hotline, visit www.866ourvote.org.