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Election Protection hotlines (866-OUR-VOTE) live during Tuesday runoff to assist South Carolina voters

For Immediate Release June 25, 2018

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 for voters in South Carolina during the June 26 Runoff 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 volunteers will be available to take voters’ calls on these Election Protection 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 eligible voters across the country who seek to report complaints, face problems registering or voting, or otherwise access information needed to meaningfully participate in elections in their community.”

Important Information and Tips for South Carolina Voters

  • Polling Hours: Polls are open 7am to 7pm EDT.
  • Voters can check their voting registration information here.
  • Voters who voted in the June 12 Primaries are limited to voting in the same party’s runoff.  Voters who did not vote on June 12 can choose to vote in either party’s runoff.
  • Everyone who voted in the Republican Primary will have a runoff to vote in on June 26. This is because there is a statewide Republican Runoff (Governor and Attorney General).
  • Only some voters who voted in the Democratic Primary will have a runoff to vote in on June 26.  This is because there is no statewide Democratic Runoff.  Check the lists below to see how this affects each county.
  • Assistance at the Polls: Under federal law, voters who have a disability or have difficulty with English have the right to bring a person of their choice into the polls with them.
  • For general South Carolina voter information, visit: https://www.scvotes.org/south-carolina-voting-information-page
  • For more information about voting in the South Carolina runoffs, visit:https://www.scvotes.org/know-rules-voting-june-26-primary-runoffs

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 voters’ questions or concerns.


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 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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