The 2016 election is upon us this November 8th. Common Cause will be working with partner organizations, including the Lawyers' Committee's Election Protection, to ensure that voters across the country can fairly and freely access the ballot box.
Over the past several years, we have seen a disturbing increase in the number and scope of attempts to suppress the votes of tens of thousands of American citizens. Some of these are attempts to deceive or intimidate voters with misinformation conveyed through robocalls or fliers. Many more of these attempts occur at the polls on Election Day, with people and groups using scare tactics and fueling misinformation, and challenging voters at the polls - sometimes illegally.
We can’t do it without you. Throughout October, we'll be conducting poll monitor trainings across the country. On election day, groups of trained monitors will be sent to polling places to help voters know their rights and to let them know about the Election Protection hotline.
State by state, we will be putting trained poll monitors on the ground at polling places, especially in communities with a history of voting problems, where hotly-contested races exacerbate the chance of long lines, and other complications. We’ll also be in states where there may be confusion about voter ID and proof of citizenship requirements. Poll monitors will provide information, troubleshoot problems, and report bad practices to our teams to resolve them with election officials.