The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law ("Lawyers' Committee") and its coalition partners seek volunteer Chicago attorneys, paralegals and law students to assist in Election Protection on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Election Protection is the country's largest non-partisan voter protection program and is supported by a national coalition that works throughout the year to break down barriers to the ballot box for traditionally disenfranchised voters.
To that end, the Lawyers' Committee and its partners are seeking legal volunteers in the Chicago area to staff the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline and provide live assistance to voters who have questions or need to report problems with voting. While the voter hotline serves all voters across the country, it targets traditionally disenfranchised communities, 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.
In addition, volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students are needed to serve as Mobile Legal Volunteers ("MLVs"). MLVs work in teams of two, monitoring zones of 4-10 polling places, responding to incidents reported through the hotline and assisting 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.
To volunteer, please sign-up directly here.
Volunteers must attend a 1 ½ hour in-person training session and are asked to sign up for a 4-5 hour shift. Materials will be provided. Volunteers will receive an e-mail in late September or early October with a link to sign up for specific trainings and shifts. For more information, please visit the Election Protection website. http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001YX1Iilk_1t6SKC3QOuHLiuMS0j_au6txvQJynk4YsXBqhvCs7qDVjxO5iFJQ4w_JIGWvMfx0TuX_Rtao48HsvNE-y4X7Ehx0AIxeW8gaCMBSwuTdfH9-jiNjqDbfi7yVFuo6g-GwF9IY9lPCsIMwm8W1bmDqW-
Election Protection is a non-partisan effort and is not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party.