UNC School of Law students, with other community volunteers, are staffing a toll-free, non-partisan hotline to answer voter questions on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, as part of Election Protection, a national voter advocacy effort. Voters can call 1.866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683) or 1.888.VE.Y.VOTA (888-839-8682) with questions about their rights and the voting process. The hotline is open now for early voting, and will remain active through the closing of the polls on Election Day.
This November is the first major election after the passage of North Carolina House Bill 589, which significantly changed the voting laws in North Carolina. The Election Protection Hotline will provide resources to support voters at the polling place. Voters can call the Hotline to report any problems they encounter or witness at the polls, verify their registration status, or find their polling location.
The UNC Center for Civil Rights has hosted the North Carolina Election Day call center since 2004, and is again coordinating hosting this November election's efforts. Mark Dorosin, Managing Attorney at the Center, notes, "This is one of UNC Law's most popular and important Pro Bono Program opportunities, as our law student volunteers enjoy ensuring that every qualified voter gets a meaningful opportunity to exercise their basic civil right to cast a ballot on Election Day."
Through the program, trained advocates, students and attorneys will provide voters with information to help them exercise their voting rights. Statewide calls will be routed to Chapel Hill through the national Election Protection system.
Election Protection is the nation's most ambitious nonpartisan program for preventing voter disenfranchisement. The coalition of state and national allies seeks to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot that counts. This year, in an effort for further enhance voters' ability to effectively participate in the election, Center staff and UNC Law students led a series of community education presentations across the state to provide voters with information regarding registration, absentee ballots, early voting, and changes under the state's new voting law.
Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Wed. October 29, 2014 11:55 AM
Law Students, Pro Bono, Voting Rights