The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition 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: 1) a suite of voter helplines: 866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), 888-VE-Y-VOTA (administered by the NALEO Educational Fund), 888-API-VOTE (administered by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC), and 844-YALLA-US (844-925-52872) Arabic language hotline (administered by Arab American Institute); 2) voter protection field programs across the country; and 3) 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.
What does it mean to be a grassroots volunteer poll monitor?
As a nonpartisan volunteer poll monitor, you will assist voters on Election Day should they encounter any problems voting.
While at assigned polling location(s) monitors will be expected to:
- Commit to taking at least one Election Day shift to stand outside of assigned polling location(s)
- Participate in a mandatory volunteer training
- Distribute “Know Your Rights” cards to voters,
- Answer basic questions from voters, report back and/or refer any problems that need to be resolved such as a polling location not opening on time, voter assistance issues, etc to Election Protection hotlines:
866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) – English language hotline
888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) – Spanish language hotline
888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) – Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog
844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) – Arabic language hotline