Election Protection Coalition recruiting volunteers to support voters during Texas Primary; Polling place monitors and attorneys needed in January in order to prepare for the March 3, 2020 Texas Primary
In order to protect, advance, and defend the right to vote, the Texas Election Protection Coalition, led by the Texas Civil Rights Project, Common Cause Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the League of Women Voters of Texas and 20 other state and local organizations, operates the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection hotline and the state’s most extensive volunteer polling place monitoring effort in the state.
More volunteers are needed to safeguard the upcoming March 3, 2020 Texas primary. Volunteers may register at www.texasvoterprotection.org and learn more about how to help here: LWVTX Election Protection page.
In addition to helping millions of voters, the volunteers will encourage eligible Texans to vote in the upcoming 2020 elections, forecasted to be the largest in the state’s history.
“The League’s mission is empowering voters and defending democracy. We are proud to be a part of this coalition. So far 22 Leagues across the state are involved in the Texas Election Protection Coalition.” said Grace Chimene, President at League of Women Voters of Texas.
During the 2018 Texas midterm election, incidents reported to the Election Protection Coalition - to the hotlines or reported to volunteer monitors at polling places - affected at least 277,628 voters. That year, the Coalition also helped extend polling location times in Harris County after they failed to open on time and assisted Texas State University students in securing an additional polling location on campus for part of early voting and Election Day. These efforts helped hundreds of voters cast a ballot who otherwise might have missed their opportunity.
The Election Protection Coalition has helped voters register, request emergency and mail-in ballots and has empowered millions of Texans with information about their rights when casting a ballot. Election Protection volunteers wearing bright yellow T-shirts identifying them as nonpartisan volunteers are an important witness to the voting process and champions against voter intimidation.
The Election Protection hotlines staffed by volunteer attorneys are:
- 866-OUR-VOTE – English
- 888-Ve-Y-Vota – Spanish and English
- 888-API-VOTE – Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali also known as Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Tagalog and English
- 844-Yalla-US – Arabic and English
About League of Women Voters of Texas
The League of Women Voters of Texas represents more than 10,000 grassroots advocates across the State of Texas. The Texas League has been "organizing, educating and agitating" since 1919. The League is a nonpartisan organization - it does not support or oppose any candidates or parties. Instead, the League encourages active and informed civic participation in government and increased understanding of major public policy issues.
About the Election Protection Coalition
The statewide, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.