Brief 3: The 2016 Primaries In-Review
With the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, Election Protection has learned a great deal about voters’ experiences since the start of this year’s presidential election season. This report presents a broad review of the 2016 primaries and an overview of voters’ concerns and the problems they faced across the U.S. electoral system, particularly in states formerly covered by Section 5 of the VRA. We feature several voters and give detailed accounts of their primary election experiences. Their stories speak to Election Protection’s comprehensive efforts to help voters by troubleshooting problems with local and state election officials, and poll workers and advocates. Our report illustrates the American voter’s strong will to cast a ballot that counts and highlights the unique and systemic problems that characterize this nation’s electoral process.