For over several election cycles, California Common Cause and Common Cause state organizations across the country have teamed up with the nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition to push election preparedness issues before Election Day, and run a national election protection hotline for voters to call with any problems they encounter.
For the 2014 midterm election, we planned our Election Protection efforts in California to ensure that voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and are able to cast a ballot. Thanks to our supporters, we had 37 volunteers visit 184 poll sites in four counties. We also received 680 calls reporting problems at our Election Protection Hotline call center in Los Angeles. Of those calls, we were able to resolve 100% of them.
In the 2016 general election, we expanded our efforts, deploying hundreds of nonpartisan volunteers covering 325 precincts in Los Angeles County, 90 precincts in San Bernardino County, and 75 precincts in Orange County. Hotline volunteers in our L.A. call center fielded more than 3,600 calls.
During the November 2018 elections, California Common Cause deployed over 400 poll monitors to polling places in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Tulare, and Fresno counties. We fielded reports from our poll monitors in the field and worked with counties elections offices to resolve issues at polling places. We also received over 2,000 calls on the election protection hotline from voters asking for assistance or reporting polling place issues.
Voter protection is at the core of what we aim to do – provide guidance, information and help to all Californians, regardless of who that voter is casting a ballot for.
For more information on how to get involved for future elections, contact Kiyana Asemanfar, Policy Outreach Coordinator.