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Problems at the Polls? Maryland voters can call 866-OUR-VOTE for nonpartisan Election Protection assistance

For Immediate Release June 25, 2018

Election Protection to Provide Non-Partisan Voting Assistance to Voters During the Maryland Primary Elections – Including Those Impacted By Failure to Appear on Voting Rolls

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 for voters in Maryland during the June 26 Primary Day Elections during polling hours 7am to 8pm. 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 the following 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 registered 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 Maryland Voters

  • Polling Hours: POLLS OPEN at 7 AM EDT and CLOSE at 8 PM EDT. Find your polling place.
  • Check Voter registration: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch.
  • The Maryland State Board of Elections is aware that approximately 18,700 voters who updated their registration information through the MVA or self-service kiosks between April 22, 2017 and June 5, 2018 did not have their information properly recorded — and has encouraged all impacted voters to vote provisional ballots. To read their statement, click here.
  • 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 Maryland, visit: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/

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.

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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