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Nevada ACLU And Voting Rights Groups Launch Election Protection Program

Volunteer Attorneys Will Be At Polling Places Making Sure People Can Cast Ballot

November 01, 2018 - 2:55 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - The ACLU of Nevada and its partners, Silver State Voices, Common Cause, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, are launching a nonpartisan election protection program to safeguard the rights of Nevadans heading to the polls for the 2018 Midterm Election.

This program typically operates during Presidential election years, but the high interest in this year’s Midterm Elections have put the nonprofits on alert.

Volunteer attorneys and other watchdogs will be on the ground at polling sites statewide and monitoring phone lines at ACLU of Nevada offices to make sure every eligible voter can cast a ballot free from obstruction.

Voters are encouraged to be on the lookout for issues like long lines, voter intimidation, malfunctioning voting machines, unnecessary requests to see a voter’s ID or any other activity that may impede or discourage the right to vote. Anyone can report incidents by calling the Election Protection Hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish).

“The right to participate in the political process through voting is foundational to our democracy," said ACLU of Nevada Legal Director, Amy Rose. "That’s why we’ll have attorneys and volunteers on the ground to protect Nevadans’ voting rights this year. We’re also encouraging everyone to call in to the hotline 866-OUR-VOTE and report any problems they experience or witness at the polls. Even problems that seem relatively small can in turn into issues of voter suppression if they are not dealt with quickly,” Rose added.

“This year, Nevada saw an unprecedented wave of newly registered voters," said Emily Zamora, Executive Director for Silver State Voices."It is our objective to ensure that every Nevadan regardless of socioeconomic status, gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation is able to participate in their democracy by exercising their right to vote,” she continued.

Nevadans can call the Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish).