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866-OUR-VOTE Non-partisan Election Protection Hotline Live to Assist NY Voters for Federal Primary Elections

For Immediate Release June 25, 2018

Toll-Free Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) Available Now; Live Assistance on Primary Election Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will provide live assistance will provide live assistance for voters in New York during the June 26 federal Primary Day Elections. Election Protection volunteers will be available to assist voters with issues, problems, or questions that arise during the voting process.

Dedicated teams of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, will be available to take voters’ calls on these hotlines: 866-OUR-VOTE (English) – administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; 888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish/English) – administered  by the NALEO Educational Fund; 888-API-VOTE (multiple Asian languages/English) – administered  by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC; and 844-Yalla-US (Arabic/English) – administered by the Arab American Institute.

“Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise the fundamental right to vote,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “The 866-OUR-VOTE hotline is a resource for all registered voters across the country who seek to report complaints, receive guidance if their name is not on the voter roll, or otherwise access information needed to meaningfully participate in elections in their community.”

Important Information and Tips for New York Voters

  • Polling Hours: In New York City and the counties of Dutchess, Erie, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester, POLLS OPEN at 6 AM and CLOSE at 9 PM. Find your polling place.
  • Polling Hours: In all other counties where there is a primary POLLS OPEN at 12 NOON and CLOSE at 9 PM. Find your polling place.
  • Assistance at the Polls: Under federal law, voters with a disability or have difficulty with English have the right to bring a person of their choice into the polls with them.
  • For more information about voting in New York, visit: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

Election Protection works year-round to help all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. Election Protection utilizes field monitors and voter education, and it relies on an expansive network of national partners and state advocates to respond to any questions or concerns voters may have.

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About Election Protection: Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 888-API-VOTE (888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners – including Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, – at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide. For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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