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Election Protection to Provide Crucial Assistance to Voters During the Arizona and Florida State and Federal Primary Elections

For Immediate Release August 24, 2016

Contacts:

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

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 (Lawyers’ Committee), will provide live assistance for voters in Arizona and Florida during the August 30 state legislative and federal primaries. Election Protection volunteers will be available to assist voters with issues, problems, or questions that arise during the voting process. Voters may call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) toll-free with any questions or issues that may arise from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT on primary Election Day.  Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) 6:30 a.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. EDT.

Important Information and Tips for Arizona Voters

  • Early voting runs from August 3 through Election Day. For early voting hours and locations in your county, go to http://www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/contact-information-county-election-officials.
  • On Election Day – Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. local time.
  • For in-person voting, voters will need to bring ID to the polls with name and address. If you don’t have a photo ID, make sure you bring two documents with your name and address.
  • 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.
  • If voting by mail, make sure your ballot is received by 7 p.m. local time on Election Day.

For more details about voting in Arizona, visit: http://www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/election-information.

Important Information and Tips for Florida Voters

  • Early voting hours and dates vary by county, but you can check the locations and times for your county here: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/early-voting/.
  • Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on August 30 local time.
  • Florida voters are asked to provide a photo ID with a signature when voting in person. If you cannot present acceptable identification, you may vote a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will count so long as your signature on the provisional ballot certificate matches the signature in your registration record.
  • 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 details about voting in Florida, visit: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/.

Election Protection’s toll-free voter helplines, 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for English and 888-VE-VOTA (888-839-8682) for English and Spanish, are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding their rights.  For more information about Election Protection and the hotlines, please visit: www.866OurVote.org.

Media Note:  Voting rights and Election Protection spokespersons are available for media interviews to offer Election Day observations.  Please contact Stacie Burgess to coordinate, sburgess@lawyerscommittee.org, 202-662-8317.

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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.

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