Voting Rights Alliance Command Center Helps Voters Vote
Who: The Voting Rights Alliance, Transformative Justice Coalition, Hip Hop Caucus and volunteers, mainly from Howard University School of Law What: Helping voters overcome obstacles, address problems at the polls Where: Washington DC
By: Transformative Justice Coalition
At the Center, Howard University law students and one law professor are volunteering to field calls and reports, monitor social media, and otherwise gather information about difficulties voters face. They are working with voters, election officials, activists, civil rights organizations, and legal experts including Barbara Arnwine to find solutions so that voters' votes are counted, and their rights are respected."
Ms. Arnwine, the President and Founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, explained, "Our Command Center uncovered serious barriers to voting starting even before Election Day. We successfully overturned decisions by Calvert County, Maryland officials to shut down public transportation on Election Day."
Ms. Arnwine said, "I've spoken by telephone with activists and election protection attorneys in Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. I've reached out to election officials in Mississippi and South Carolina, but haven't gotten an answer. We'll follow up until we get through to the official who need to fix the problems."
Ms. Arnwine added, "We began our Election Day operations at 7am this morning, monitoring social media and reaching out to voters who reported mechanical malfunctions, delayed openings, lack of materials, vote flipping, long lines, moved and closed polling locations, refusal to provide provisional ballots, and attempts to block qualified voters from voting. Our amazing law student volunteers braved the rain and their highly demanding coursework to help protect the right to vote. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and expertise disprove stereotypes that would suggest young people are apathetic or uninvolved."
The Voting Rights Alliance is a growing network of organizations, activists, and legislators working to restore and protect voting rights from concerted attacks that undermine our access to the polls, and to have our votes fairly counted.
For more information please see http://www.votingrightsalliance.org/
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