Volunteers, including attorneys, will be at polling sites statewide and monitoring phones on Election Day “to make sure every eligible voter can cast a ballot free from obstruction,” a coalition that includes ACLU of Nevada, Silver State Voices, Common Cause, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights announced Thursday.
“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,” the groups said in a joint statement. “Anyone can report incidents by calling the Election Protection Hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA.”
“Even problems that seem relatively small can turn into issues of voter suppression if they are not dealt with quickly,” said ACLU of Nevada Legal Director Amy Rose.
“This year, Nevada saw an unprecedented wave of newly registered voters,” added Silver State Voices Executive Director Emily Zamora. “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.”
The election protection program typically operates during presidential election years, but is being activated this year in response to high interest in the midterm election.