The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“Lawyers’ Committee”), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”), and their coalition partners seek volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students for Election Protection – the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection program – on November 6, 2012. Election Protection is a national coalition that works throughout the year to break down barriers to the ballot box for traditionally disenfranchised voters. To that end, Election Protection is seeking legal volunteers to staff the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline and provide live assistance to voters who have questions or need to report problems with voting. In addition, volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students are needed to serve as Mobile Legal Volunteers (“MLVs”). MLVs work in teams of three and monitor a zone of 4-10 polling places, respond to incidents reported through the hotline, and assist voters at the polling place. Potential problems include dissemination of misinformation by poll workers, problems associated with voting machines (including new electronic ones), and potential intimidation of voters.
While the voter hotline is available to all voters across the country, Election Protection targets communities traditionally disenfranchised, including African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and other racially and ethnically diverse communities, seniors, young people, low-income voters and individuals with disabilities. Volunteers must attend in-person a two hour training session and are asked to sign up for a 4-5 hour shift. Generally, we have three shifts: morning, afternoon and evening. The training sessions are scheduled for 10/29/12 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 10/30/10 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The sessions will be held at the NAACP National Headquarters, 4805 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Materials will be provided. The hotline is a non-partisan effort and is not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party. To volunteer, please call NAACP Assistant General Counsel Anson Asaka at (410) 580-5789 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.