Election 2012: Voter Protection

No American should be denied or deterred from exercising their right to vote.

To report voter intimidation or harassment, call the Justice Department’s Public Integrity division at 202-514-1412.  

Voter suppression, intimidation, or harassment based on race, color, national origin or religion should be reported to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division’s hotline at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767 or by TTY (1-877-267-8971) for the hearing impaired. The complaints can also be filed via email to voting.section@usdoj.gov  or via fax at 202-307-3961.

For more information, please take a look at the Justice Department’s news release on “Protecting the right to vote and prosecuting ballot fraud.”

Here are some Election Day voter protection resources staffed by civil rights and other non-profit organization:

Voters can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (or 1-866-687-8683) if they run into any problems at the polls, such as clarifications on voter identification requirements or errors in voter registration rolls. It’s worth visiting http://www.866ourvote.org/ to get the latest state-by-state information before heading to the polls.

For Spanish-speaking voters, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) is running the 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (1-888-839-8682) hotline. They’re offering full-time bilingual Spanish and English assistance to voters who experience any problems on Election Day or who are wrongfully turned away from the ballot boxes. The website is www.yaeshora.info.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is operating a multilingual hotline at 800-966-5946 for Asian American voters experiencing problems at the polls. Complaints may also be submitted via e-mail at votingcomplaints@aaldef.org or on Twitter with #asianvote2012. Visit aaldef.org for more information.

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