For Immediate Release Voting Rights Advocates in Swing States to Hold Election Day Telephone Briefings to Report out Election Day Problems

Posted on November 3, 2008

Morning and late afternoon briefings scheduled in seven states

Dial in number is (800) 657-1263; Use Conference ID # below

Voting rights advocates in seven swing states will each hold morning and afternoon telephone press briefings on Election Day to report on specific incidents and problems reported to poll monitors and a national hotline. These calls are in addition to two national telephone press briefings that will be held at 10:30 am ET and 3:30 pm ET by the Election Protection Coalition, the nation's largest non-partisan election protection coalition that includes more than a hundred national, state, and local voter protection groups.

Voting rights advocates will inform reporters, producers and editors about problems, questions and other information coming in from voters on the national voter hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE. In addition, advocates will talk about on-the-ground information gathered from non partisan poll monitors, as well as offer comment on what is going on nationally in comparison with that state. The voter hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE is national, toll-free non-partisan telephone line sponsored by Election Protection.

All the leaders listed below are executive directors of a Common Cause state organization.

The dial in number for the calls is (800) 657 - 1263. Ask for the

State by name or use Conference ID # below.

Florida: 11:30am ET - conference ID 70823679 and 4:30pm ET - conference ID 70824102

Leader: Ben Wilcox, Executive Director of Common Cause Florida, (850) 222-3883

North Carolina: 11:30am ET - conference ID 70822456 and 4:30pm ET - conference ID 70823475

Leader: Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause North Carolina, (919) 836-0027

Ohio: 11:30am ET - conference ID 70824994 and 4:30pm ET - conference ID 70825131

Leader: Pam Wilmot, Election Protection Coordinator for Common Cause, (617) 962-0034

Pennsylvania: 11:30am ET - conference ID 70980478 and 4:30pm ET - conference ID 70981425

Leader: Barry Kauffman, Executive Director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, (717) 232-9951

Colorado: 10:00am MT - conference ID 70825310 and 4:00pm MT - conference ID 70825581

Leader: Jenny Flanagan , Executive Director of Common Cause Colorado, (303) 292-2163

New Mexico: 10:00am MT - conference ID 70825708 and 4:00pm MT - conference ID 70826011

Leader: Steve Allen, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico, (505) 323-6399

California: 10:00am PT - conference ID 71301890 and 4:00pm MT - conference ID 71302829

Leader: Kathay Feng, Executive Director of Common Cause California, (213) 252-4552

Office: Common Cause National, Common Cause Massachusetts

Issues: Voting and Elections

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

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