Voting rights advocates are giving voters real tools to help them know and exercise their rights. The nonpartisan Election Protection program was created by People For the American Way Foundation, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, The Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law and other organizations in response to widespread voter disenfranchisement in 2000. In 2002, the expanded group of partners includes the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, the National Hispanic Press Foundation, the National Council of La Raza and several national disability rights organizations. The program is distributing voter education materials and a toll-free hotline number for Election Day legal help in 19 states, with more extensive on-the-ground organizing in six of those states.
In addition to helping lead these extensive voter education, poll monitoring and legal assistance efforts over the next two weeks and on Election Day, People For the American Way Foundation will monitor both the extent of voter disenfranchisement in this year’s election and the implementation of legislation to carry out the provisions of national election reform legislation. Click here to learn more about the Election Protection program.