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18 September 2008

Having Trouble At The Polls? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

With early voting for the November General Election beginning on Monday, Election Protection, the nation's largestnonpartisan voter protection coalition, announced that individuals who encounter problems at the polls will be able to speak with legal experts that can offer impartial and confidential advice via the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE [(866) 687-8683].

"This historic election deserves a historic election protection effort," said Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. "This major coalition will offer comprehensive resources with one simple goal -- to ensure all eligible voters are given the opportunity to exercise their rights."

In addition to the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline, Election Protection has also launched www.866ourvote.org which features real time voter information and extensive instructions and advice on how voters can make sure their voices are heard.

Election Protection is mobilizing tens of thousands of volunteers, including 10,000 legal volunteers to monitor polling places, educate voters, facilitate a dialogue with local and state officials, provide legal support to poll monitors, and answer the 1-866-OUR-VOTE voter services hotline -- a monumental undertaking designed to ensure smooth voting in November.